Marijuana sales drop for second straight month

Alaska marijuana sales have dropped for the second consecutive month after nearly a year of steady increases. According to figures released last week by the… Continue reading

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board meets in Juneau on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Sitting from far left are members Loren Jones, Brandon Emmett, Nicholas Miller, Travis Welch and Mark Springer. Springer was elected board chairman on Wednesday and Emmett was elected vice chair. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)

Marijuana board may examine pot taxes

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board may ask the Alaska Legislature to reconsider the state’s marijuana tax. In a decision Thursday, the five-person board asked the… Continue reading

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board meets in Juneau on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Sitting from far left are members Loren Jones, Brandon Emmett, Nicholas Miller, Travis Welch and Mark Springer. Springer was elected board chairman on Wednesday and Emmett was elected vice chair. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board meets in Juneau on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Sitting from far left are members Loren Jones, Brandon Emmett, Nicholas Miller, Travis Welch and Mark Springer. Springer was elected board chairman on Wednesday and Emmett was elected vice chair. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)

State regulator warns of possible danger in marijuana concentrates

The director of Alaska’s state marijuana regulator is warning that Alaska’s ongoing problems with marijuana testing may pose a health hazard to users of marijuana… Continue reading

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board meets in Juneau on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Sitting from far left are members Loren Jones, Brandon Emmett, Nicholas Miller, Travis Welch and Mark Springer. Springer was elected board chairman on Wednesday and Emmett was elected vice chair. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)

North Slope police chief named to marijuana board

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed North Slope Borough Police Chief Travis Welch to a vacant position on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board. The board, which… Continue reading

Marijuana Control Board seeks to fill vacancy

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is collecting applications from Alaskans interested in filling a seat vacated by the resignation of Peter Mlynarik. Mlynarik, the board’s… Continue reading

In this Dec. 15, 2017 photo, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That’s according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. (Carolyn Kaster | The Associated Press File)

Alaska marijuana businesses vow to press on after Sessions’ decision

Juneau’s marijuana retailers say they will continue to press ahead after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era policy Thursday that paved the way… Continue reading

In this Dec. 15, 2017 photo, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That’s according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. (Carolyn Kaster | The Associated Press File)

Alaska marijuana sales drop in November

Alaskans bought less marijuana in November than they did in October, the first time the infant industry posted a decline in 2017. The Alaska Department… Continue reading

State marijuana testing inaccurate, board warns

Alaska’s marijuana regulators are warning that potency labels on marijuana packages may be inaccurate. In a Tuesday meeting of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board, members… Continue reading

Marijuana board orders Fairbanks manufacturer to close

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has given the death penalty to one of Alaska’s largest manufacturers of edible marijuana products. On Friday morning, the board… Continue reading

Frozen Budz, the company awarded the first retail marijuana license in Alaska, is accused of manufacturing almost 115,000 marijuana edibles that violated state regulations and may have been contaminated with mold. (Alaska Marijuana Control Office photo)

‘Edibles’ scandal hits Alaska’s marijuana board

Alaska’s one-year-old recreational marijuana industry faces a major test Friday morning as members of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board consider whether to revoke the license… Continue reading

Frozen Budz, the company awarded the first retail marijuana license in Alaska, is accused of manufacturing almost 115,000 marijuana edibles that violated state regulations and may have been contaminated with mold. (Alaska Marijuana Control Office photo)
Brothers James and Giono Barrett, owners of Rainforest Farms, arrange a display of their cannabis products at their retail store in Juneau on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. The brothers just celebrated the one year anniversary of their business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska marijuana sales set another record

For Gallery Walk, the owners of Rainforest Farms decided to throw a party celebrating one year in business. There were special products and live music,… Continue reading

Brothers James and Giono Barrett, owners of Rainforest Farms, arrange a display of their cannabis products at their retail store in Juneau on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. The brothers just celebrated the one year anniversary of their business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Marijuana tax revenue grows again

Alaska is continuing to make more money from marijuana, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue. The state collected $723,757 in taxes… Continue reading

Alaska marijuana sales break records for sixth straight month

On the same day that voters in Kenai and Fairbanks enthusiastically cast votes supporting Alaska’s legal marijuana industry, the Alaska Department of Revenue reported new… Continue reading

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

U.S. Attorney General has ‘serious concerns,’ but Gov. Walker stands behind legal marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has “serious questions” about Alaska’s legal marijuana industry, but Gov. Bill Walker is standing by the results of a 2014… Continue reading

Alaska’s marijuana industry is enjoying a summer boom

Alaska’s legal marijuana market is going through a summer boom, with a record 547 pounds of cannabis flower sold by growers in June, according to… Continue reading

Alaska marijuana taxes top $1 million

Last Wednesday, Ben Wilcox ended his workday late: He had to. With the rain having let up in Juneau for one brief day, he took… Continue reading

A flowering cannabis plant at Rainforest Farms in Juneau on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska marijuana sales reach new high

New figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue show Alaska’s legal marijuana industry has reached a new peak of production and sales. In March, 27… Continue reading

A flowering cannabis plant at Rainforest Farms in Juneau on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A box full of cash to pay a local marijuana business’s state tax was returned after the US Postal Service refused to transport it to Anchorage saying that it was drug money. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Feds block Rainforest Farms pot shop from paying state taxes

The federal government will not let Rainforest Farms pay its taxes. Late last week, Juneau’s first legal marijuana retailer was turned away by the U.S.… Continue reading

A box full of cash to pay a local marijuana business’s state tax was returned after the US Postal Service refused to transport it to Anchorage saying that it was drug money. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Marijuana tax revenue rises, but isn’t as high as state expected

The state of Alaska collected $128,000 of marijuana taxes from 20 growers statewide in February, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue.… Continue reading

(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)