Jun 2022
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Alaska Cannabis Regulations


Chapter 306 of the Alaska Administrative Code

This Chapter describes the requirements for applying for a cannabis business license of any type in Alaska, and describes the operational practices expected of license holders and the financial and renewal obligations of license holders to keep their license current and active.

Title 17.38 of Alaska Statutes

This title states the decriminalization of selling and growing cannabis for retail purposes and describes the allowances and limitations of cannabis businesses.  The title also addresses the powers of the administrative board and the local government.

Why this is important

When applying for a cannabis business license in Alaska it's important to know the regulations so that your standard operating procedures follow all state regulations and so that you can properly cite your standard operating procedures with the applicable Alaska cannabis regulations.  Additionally, being familiar with the rules of Alaska will ensure that you operate a compliant cannabis business, once licensed.

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Title 17.38 of Alaska Statutes

Sec. 17.38.010. Purpose and findings.

(a) In the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, and to enhance individual freedom, the people of the state of Alaska find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older.

(b) In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the state of Alaska further find and declare that the production and sale of marijuana should be regulated so that

           (1) individuals will have to show proof of age before purchasing marijuana;

           (2) legitimate, tax paying business people, and not criminal actors, will conduct sales of   marijuana; and

           (3) marijuana sold by regulated businesses will be labeled and subject to additional regulations  to ensure that consumers are informed and protected.

(c) The people of the state of Alaska further declare that the provisions of this Act are not intended to diminish the right to privacy as interpreted by the Alaska Supreme Court in Ravin v. State of Alaska.

(d) Nothing in this Act proposes or intends to require any individual or entity to engage in any conduct that violates federal law, or exempt any individual or entity from any requirement of federal law, or pose any obstacle to federal enforcement of federal law.