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On-site consumption not blocked for Alaska pot retailers


February 06, 2017
Monday AM

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Sara Chambers, Acting Division Director of the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, issued a clarification regarding the recently reported decision by Marijuana Control Board to block on-site consumption of marijuana. Chambers clarified the board's decision does not block pot retailers from obtaining approval for onsite consumption at their businesses.

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Chambers made this clarification following the Marijuana Control Board’s meeting of February 2, 2017. Chambers stated in a news release, "Their decision [Thursday] on relevant proposed regulations does not preclude the board from approving operating plans including onsite consumption; it merely ceased the current proposal to clarify those standards in regulation at this time."

Thursday, the Marijuana Control Board considered a proposal that would clarify the regulatory standards. However, that proposal was rejected by a 3-2 vote.

Chambers cited existing regulations that allow onsite consumption if authorized by the board:

3 AAC 306.305. Retail marijuana store privileges (a)(4) A licensed retail marijuana store is authorized to, with prior approval of the board, permit consumption of marijuana or a marijuana product purchased on the licensed premises, in a designated area on the licensed premises.

Chambers said licensed retailers that want to allow onsite consumption in a designated area of the premises are encouraged to submit Form MJ-15 Operating Plan Change and related documents for board review. These documents are currently available on the board’s web site.

Retail store licensees that have board-approved onsite consumption operating plans may allow customers to consume products purchased on site per 3 AAC 306.305(a)(4) said Chambers.

Becasue of high call volume, applicants with questions regarding the licensing process should be submitted via email to to expedite a response.


On the Web:

Form MJ-15 Operating Plan Change and related documents



Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development ALCOHOL & MARIJUANA CONTROL OFFICE



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