On-site marijuana consumption decision delayed

Published: Nov. 15, 2017 at 6:08 PM AKST
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The Alaska Marijuana Control Board ended its two-day meeting Wednesday without taking up about half the items on its agenda, including the long-delayed discussion of on-site consumption of cannabis.

The board scheduled another meeting on November 28 and 29 to take up the remaining items on the agenda, which include about two dozen license applications for marijuana businesses.

In addition to on-site consumption, 11 other regulations proposals were also postponed.

But even if the board finally gets to talking about on-site consumption at that meeting later this month, once it's amended, the process isn't final there.

"Changing the regulations can take a great deal of time," said board director Erika McConnell. "The board has to open a project, they have to review a draft, that draft has to go out for public comment for a minimum of 30 days and then if they make additional changes based on the comment they receive, that are considered to be substantial changes, then it would have to go back out for more public comment," she said.

Even if the board approves it, the regulation would still have to be reviewed by the Department of Law before ultimately going to the Lt. Governor, and would go into effect a month after signing.