Sunday, November 22, 2015

Alaska Marijuana Control Board votes to create nation's first "cannabis cafes."

Courtesy of the Juneau Empire:  

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is giving tourists a place to light up (or chow down) once cannabis sales begin next year. 

On Friday, the board voted 3-2 to allow marijuana buyers to consume marijuana products in the business that sells them. Combined with other measures approved Friday, the board’s action effectively makes Alaska the first state in the nation to legalize Amsterdam-style marijuana cafes. 

Friday’s vote answers the complaints of Alaskans who contended that the state’s ban on marijuana consumption “in public” leaves visitors (and Alaskans whose rental contracts prohibit smoking) no place to consume marijuana.

Looks like Alaska is moving back to its progressive roots.

Well, at least somewhat.

Now all we have to do is wait for the federal government to catch up and declassify pot as a Schedule 1 narcotic.


  1. Anonymous4:42 AM

    It is a Schedule I controlled substance. For a reason. For many, very good reasons. Narcotics are codeine derivatives. THC is not a codeine derivative. If you're going to be as stupid as Palin, try not to let it show so goddamn much.


    2. Anonymous6:41 AM

      Got a hair up your ass, 4:42?

    3. Anonymous11:14 AM

      This is how they got hemp demonized all those years ago.

    4. Anonymous11:15 AM

      Marihuana: The Devil's Weed! (1936 Drug Propaganda Movie)

    5. Anonymous11:20 AM

      Why don't you educate yourself a bit, 4:42 as to WHY this all happened and who was behind it. It was a concerted effort to stop hemp growers in favor of wood pulp mixed with chemicals to break it down to be used for the Hearst Newspaper conglomerate. It was a massively successful PR campaign that demonized hemp, black people, musicians, and any group that partook. All based on fear and misinformation. Hemp has been around for THOUSANDS of years. In fact, the BIBLE is printed on hemp. ropes were made of hemp, clothes were made of hemp, it was one of the biggest crops out of Russia, which also played into it during the cold war, the US wanted to shut down the production of hemp to try and break the economic power of Russia at the time.

      So take your bullshit attitude and stuff it up your ass.

    6. Anonymous11:21 AM

      She Shoulda Said "No"! (1949) Wild Weed

    7. Anonymous3:01 PM

      Fyi, I have educated myself about it. I have a Masters in Pharmacology & Pharmacognosy. I'm a pharmacist licensed and registered in five states. So fuck off.

    8. Anonymous3:59 PM

      Take another toke and chill.

  2. Anonymous5:36 AM

    Aww, poor, poor potheads. All dressed up to smoke their favorite stinky reality-altering substance and no place to go. I'm in favor of carefully controlled medical marijuana. I think recreational smokers who just want to get high are complete self-indulgent morons, just like I think cigarette smokers are morons. I don't see how catering to self- and society-destructive (and pot is both) behavior is progressive. But who cares about that when you can get high, right?

    1. Anonymous6:23 AM

      What a judgmental ass you are 5:36. Unless you are a teetotaler you have no room to talk. Alcohol can be destructive too. But adults can and do make decisions about moderation. Otherwise, it's Prohibition all over again. You know, the Prohibition that essentially created organized crime? Talk about destructive to society.

      Get some education about the topic before you spout the stupid.

    2. A J Billings6:32 AM

      @5:36.. wtf is wrong with you? Did you ever hear of life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness?

      This is the USA, not Iran or Saudi Arabia.

      Your opinion is fine, but once you start calling people morons for substance use, you damn f*cking better well not be drinking coffee or coke or tea, or using any herbal products, or drinking booze or beer or wine.
      Those all contain drugs, capiche?

      I know at least 50 people who use marijuana just like beer or wine as a once in a while break to relax.

      These are cops, electricians, EMT's, teachers, doctors, and a lot of others professionals. They are productive good citizens.

      Who the f*ck appointed you as the arbiter of what freedom loving Americans can legally do?

      In 1776 if someone had told Americans that they would some day not even get to distill their own whiskey, grow marijuana, or use opium, they would have spit on you.

      What is liberty after all? Who gets to decide what I do as a free American citizen?

      You are entitled to your opinion, but it's people like you that think their god, or their own moral hubris entitles them to make laws forcing the rest of us to behave.

      Idiots like Cruz, Palin, or Huckabee might like to outlaw pot smoking, but Alaska citizens voted for LIBERTY, and you are going to have to just suck it up.

    3. Anonymous6:36 AM

      5:36, you are so right. And I am a teetotaler. Thanks for that post.

    4. Anonymous7:39 AM

      5:36 YOU ARE THE FUCKING MORON. 6:32 IS RIGHT. 25% OF ADULT ALASKANs Used Cannabis before it was legalize for the SECOND time in Alaska.

    5. Anonymous8:07 AM

      Oh I bet 5:36 would have a fit if we moronic pothead liberal progressives try and take away his guns though. Huh? Amiright? Amiright?

    6. Anonymous11:03 AM

      5:36 and 4:42 sound the same..pissed, stupid and ugly. Must suck to be you.

    7. Anonymous11:24 AM

      5:36/6:36, So here's what I tell right to lifers, don't like abortion? Don't have one. Don't like pot? Don't smoke it. Never in my wildest dreams would I try to urge someone to get an abortion or smoke pot. Simply because it's none of my business. So why not stfu and worry about yourself & butt out of other's business. Why you holier than thou nosy rosies feel compelled to shove your beliefs down everyone's throat is baffling to me. Fuck off and go get a life other than judging others. We don't care what you think.

  3. Anonymous5:45 AM

    My concern, as with neighborhood bars, is impaired driving on the way home.

    1. Anonymous6:24 AM

      If they are really "neighborhood" bars, it should be a stumble home, with the only one in any danger the drinker, from that sidewalk or lamppost jumping into his/her path.

    2. Anonymous7:04 AM

      The only thing I think it weird about having a cafe is, when everyone smokes, they do it at home because it makes you chill. I don't think it really impairs a person the way alcohol or narcs do.

      Think about tArget and its wine program that concerns me more than this.

    3. Anonymous7:43 AM

      5:45 - The answer is Uber. Next!

  4. Anonymous6:17 AM

    Gee, 5:36, I actually think you're kind of a moron. Pontificate much? Self-satisfaction your favorite reality-altering substance?

  5. Anonymous6:31 AM

    It's hard to believe how willfully ignorant people are when it comes to pot. They know nothing about it except what the government has shoved down their throats for decades.

    One of my all time favorite gov studies from years ago: we have found that if you nose hit a chimp with 60 joints, it will affect them. Duh! Ya think? I have NEVER known any human to smoke 60 joints through their nose. I have never known any human that smoked 60 joints one after another. And yet, people believed this shit.

    It always makes me laugh when some ignoramus is sitting there half drunk on their favorite booze, sucking down one cig after another, bitching about the made up horrors of pot.

    Ignorance rules in murica. Always has, always will.

  6. Caroll Thompson6:48 AM

    I am in New Hampshire visiting my mom today. Live Free or Die.

    1. Anonymous8:09 AM

      My brother and sister both live in NH. It's a nice place!

  7. 66gardeners6:51 AM

    AJ Billings: Personally I believe coff and MJ can be compared better than alcohol and MJ as far as the pros and cons. MJ is a gift from the God of gardening.

    1. 66gardeners9:10 AM

      coffee and MJ

  8. Anonymous7:02 AM

    I've been saying for 20 years that because pot isn't that bad it should be legal so states can make a mint off sales. There are lots of benefits.

  9. Anonymous8:10 AM

    I like to smoke me some pot once in awhile....

  10. Hedgewytch8:47 AM

    So when do sales actually begin? January 2016? April? Nov? I haven't seen anything to say actually WHEN it will happen.

    1. Anonymous10:14 AM

      May, 2016

    2. Anonymous10:24 AM

      I think the end of the article linked to this post said that licenses will be issued beginning in Feb 2016, with expected openings in August.
      Apparently there're rules about testing for mold that the growers/dispensaries need to adhere to.

  11. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Kewl, man.

  12. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Palin jumped on this a few days ago saying pot was always around and it would be 'no big thing' to legalize it.

    Hmmm, has she run out of potential bots so is now deciding to ride the legalization wave hoping to pander to a more sane crowd?

  13. Anonymous11:45 AM

    "Palin jumped on this a few days ago saying pot was always around and it would be 'no big thing' to legalize it."

    She might be doing this for her daughter's sake. If Bristol switches from recreational sex to recreational pot she might not get pregnant out of wedlock again.

  14. Anonymous4:03 PM

    I'm all for it. It's relatively safe, and it isn't a gateway drug, no more nor less harmful than alcohol.


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