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)
Erika McConnell, seen here in on Feb. 23, 2017, has been named Alaska’s new top regulator for alcohol and marijuana. (Contributed photo)

State’s new alcohol and marijuana regulator has Anchorage roots

Erika McConnell is an Anchorage resident who wears glasses and a toothy smile. She enjoys reading, the outdoors and caramels. On March 20, she’ll chew… Continue reading

Erika McConnell, seen here in on Feb. 23, 2017, has been named Alaska’s new top regulator for alcohol and marijuana. (Contributed photo)

Anchorage woman named state’s top marijuana regulator

Erika McConnell of Anchorage has been named the new head of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board, the state department of commerce announced Tuesday.… Continue reading