Alaska might become the first place in the U.S. to officially permit recreational marijuana consumers the right to use cannabis in specially state-licensed establishments.

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring a bill that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medicinal cannabis.

A bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp has made its way through both the Alaska House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s pen.

Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2015, but it’s not exactly ahead of the curve on hemp, which comes from the same plant.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Tax dollars from Alaska’s new marijuana industry have finally begun flowing into state coffers, with the first cash payments from pot businesses being made in Anchorage this week.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A store in Alaska is set to be the first in the state offering retail marijuana sales, with the grand opening scheduled for Saturday at what the operators are calling "high noon."

Student activities in Sitka are getting a boost from the marijuana industry.

The state approved its first licenses for commercial cannabis businesses Thursday, a major step for prospective retailers hoping to open shop before year’s end.

Though commercial marijuana became legal in Alaska in February 2015, hemp is not yet legal.

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FAIRBANKS — Alaska is on track to be the first state in the nation to allow for the consumption of marijuana in retail stores in which it is purchased.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Brandon Emmett grew up around marijuana. His first job was turning compost on a marijuana farm for $5 an hour. He later moved to trimming and then cloning plants. His uncle was also a grower.


 

The dangers of marijuana preached at his public high school in Oregon never rang true. The marijuana users Emmett knew were decent people.

“I have always been part of the cannabis culture,” he said. “People talk about ‘Reefer Madness.’ I just know that that is not true.”

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