Cannabis

Summer marijuana boom continues with sales high

In just one month, the state of Alaska has collected a third of the marijuana tax revenue it recouped in the entire last fiscal year.… Continue reading

Cannabis proposition pro- and con- take different approaches

Editor's note: This story has been changed to remove an incorrect statistic about the outcome of the 2014 statewide vote to legalize marijuana in the Kenai… Continue reading

State allows marijuana businesses to apply for ‘Made in Alaska’ logos

The state-run “Made in Alaska” program is accepting applications from marijuana businesses. According to records obtained by the Empire via a state information act request,… Continue reading

Soldotna introduces ordinance to continue pot ban

The Soldotna City Council has introduced an ordinance that would turn the city’s two-year moratorium on marijuana businesses into an indefinite prohibition of commercial production,… Continue reading

Setbacks complicate Kenai marijuana permitting

The question of how to measure the minimum distance Kenai code mandates between marijuana businesses and churches, schools, recreational facilities and substance abuse treatment centers… Continue reading

Kenai Council may trim proposed marijuana setbacks

Setbacks for commercial marijuana establishments may become more tightly regulated in Kenai than they are at the state level. Alaska’s regulations for commercial marijuana require… Continue reading

Peninsula voters wary of legal pot

It appears the third time is the charm for Alaskans’ bid to legalize marijuana. After failed voter initiatives in 2000 and 2004, on Tuesday Alaskans… Continue reading

Public speaks on marijuana cultivation ordinance

Kenai Peninsula residents may have a ballot measure on marijuana cultivation to consider if an ordinance introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting is… Continue reading

Some cannabis entrepreneurs still face sharp opposition in seeking licenses

When David Parker applied for a license to grow marijuana commercially at a facility in Sterling, he knew he’d have to jump through a lot… Continue reading

Kenai temporarily bans in-store pot smoking

Marijuana businesses that may open in Kenai in the coming year won’t be able to offer space for customers to try the product on-site, at… Continue reading

Soldotna puts moratorium on commercial marijuana

While the city of Soldotna is now a local regulatory authority — allowing it to profit from the commercial production, testing and sale of marijuana… Continue reading

Kenai may vote on pot moratorium Jan. 6

While current state marijuana regulations will allow marijuana consumption in designated areas of licensed marijuana retail stores, a proposal from Kenai Mayor Pat Porter would… Continue reading

Kenai council prepares for personal use marijuana

When possession and private use of marijuana becomes legal, Kenai authorities hope to be prepared for the change. Ballot measure 2, the law legalizing the… Continue reading

Kenai attorney preps residents for marijuana business

With Kenai’s first legal marijuana retailer preparing for an announced opening next Monday, Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom briefed attendees of a Wednesday Kenai Chamber… Continue reading

Kenai finalizes pot regulations

Prospective marijuana businesses in Kenai will have to observe 1,000-foot setbacks from schools, 500-foot setbacks from other sensitive areas — measured two different ways —… Continue reading

Marijuana activists prepare for KPB vote

Three months ahead of a vote on whether cannabis businesses can continue operating in the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s outside incorporated cities, the nascent industry and… Continue reading

Board makes call about on-site cannabis consumption

A proposal that would allow on-site consumption of marijuana will go out for public comment after the Alaska Marijuana Control Board endorsed a measure opening… Continue reading

Ambiguities remain in advertising regulations for cannabis businesses

There’s a lot of confusion around what exactly some of the marijuana business regulations mean in Alaska, leading to missteps and accidental violations. As marijuana… Continue reading