Board makes call about on-site cannabis consumption

  • On Friday, July 14, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted to approve a proposal for public comment that would allow on-site consumption of cannabis at retail establishments. The public will be able to weigh in for 60 days before the board takes it up for amendment or final action at its next meeting in September. (Photo/File/AJOC)

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 the way July 14 during its meeting in Fairbanks.

Working from one of three draft proposals, the board looked at a number of restrictions in lengthy debates before approving the on-site consumption measure. The public will be able to weigh in on these and other aspects of the concept:

• The facility needs to protect employees from second-hand smoke by offering a screened off viewing area to monitor the floor where consumption takes place.

• It also needs to be screened off from public viewing just as current regulations keep shop windows blocked from outsiders looking in.

• Local governments would have the right to prohibit such facilities from allowing smoking if they chose.

• Applicants would need to submit operation plans for addressing security, separation from the retail area and employee protections from second-hand smoke.

• Smoking marijuana concentrates, known as “dabs,” would not be allowed.

• Entertainment such as television, music or games would be allowed.

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