Alaska's marijuana industry is thriving more than seven years after legalization. But, according to industry experts, federally legalized marijuana could put local grows, manufacturers and pot shops out of business. This week, Alaska's News Source looks at the impact of the marijuana industry in Alaska since legalization.
The state will soon stop distributing a $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit that was brought on by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic, joining over a dozen other states who have made similar cuts.
A bill to fund a first-of-its-kind program that will enable sportfishing charters to purchase Pacific halibut quota from the commercial sector is headed to the president’s desk after passing through both chambers of Congress.
The alternative approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was introduced by the State of Alaska’s representative on the council, but was vehemently opposed by all but one person, group or government entity that provided public testimony or written comment.
Changes are coming to the management of the commercial salmon fishery in Cook Inlet, and fishermen, processors and related businesses fear that federal regulators could close commercial salmon fishing in federal waters and cause an industry that has sustained families for generations on the Kenai Peninsula to collapse.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is accepting public feedback on its draft plan for how the state will spend the $50 million allocated to it for fisheries relief under Section 12005 of the CARES Act.