As I’m sure you are well aware, Alaska voted to legalize marijuana during the last election. The successful initiative made it legal to grow, possess, consume, and if you want to, sell marijuana (with a license). Effective February 24, all Alaskans over the age of 21 can possess and consume marijuana, and each household can have up to six plants. But retail sales will have to wait until rules and a licensing process are in place. And if you live in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, you will have to wait until at least October 19 before you can make a legal purchase at a store or get a license to open a store. Per Juneau Empire:
After extensive testimony Monday, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved a moratorium that prohibits marijuana-related businesses until Oct. 19, six months after the end of the Alaska Legislature’s scheduled end.
The text of the moratorium states that city officials will not consider any land use permits or other documentation until the moratorium expires. As a result, marijuana-related businesses will not be able to establish farms or prepare for retail sales.
Fortunately Juneau residents can still grow marijuana themselves, and obtain it for no consideration in February. But it’s unfortunate for people in Juneau that don’t have the means or skills to grow their own, and don’t have a way to obtain marijuana. It’s unfortunate for people wanting to get in on the next great American industry, as Juneau is the largest city in Alaska. Hopefully this doesn’t lead to more moratoriums in other areas, but sadly, I’m sure it will.