Alaska Becomes First State To Allow Public Use Establishments

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Massachusetts and Colorado Not Far Behind

Juneau, AK: Officials with the Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board have issued their first-ever permits to retailers who wish to allow customers to consume cannabis on the premises.

While a handful of cities in other states — such as West Hollywood, California and Springfield, Illinois — have similarly issued municipal licenses to allow for on-site cannabis consumption, Alaska is the first jurisdiction to provide state approval for such facilities.

In Colorado, state regulators are in the process of facilitating regulations governing the establishment of “marijuana hospitality spaces.” Massachusetts regulators are also in the process of rolling out a pilot program to permit on-site marijuana consumption facilities in up to a dozen self-selected cities throughout the state.

For more information, visit the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.