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Alaska Debates Allowing On-Site Cannabis Use

cannabis-socialThe Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to revive a proposal that would allow cannabis consumption at licensed pot shops.

Following voter approval of recreational marijuana in 2015, the board began work on regulations that would allow retailers to create consumption spaces, similar to a cafe or bar. However, when the board last discussed the proposal in February, they decided to shelve it–citing uncertainty over the future of marijuana given the anti-weed stance of the current Justice Department.

This month, the board appears to have had another change of heart. They decided to begin the process again, inviting board members to submit new on-site consumption regulations.

Of the three proposals submitted, only one met the deadline–and instead of outlining new regulations, the proposal suggested putting a hold on the whole idea.

Loren Jones, who holds the board’s public health seat, said that he’s opposed to being the first state to allow on-site consumption, instead suggesting a two-year moratorium on the proposal. “I don’t think we need to rush into that,” he said.

Jay Butler, the state’s chief medical officer, is also opposed to on-site use, citing second-hand smoke and driver impairment. Butler told The Associated Press, “Even though marijuana is not the same as tobacco smoke, there’s a lot that we don’t know about it. Clinically, we see signs of it being a respiratory irritant in people who smoke frequently.”

Marijuana business owners were hoping the new regulations would be in place before the summer tourist season, but that appears increasingly unlikely. The board meets again in April and should the proposal move forward, it will go out for at least 30 days of public comment.

Mat Su Valley Moratorium Vetoed

Citizens and Advocates in the Valley Demonstrate the Value in Unity and Strength

matsu-borough-meeting-1Borough initiative 16-046 was vetoed by Borough Mayor Vern Halter and is a win for Mat Su Valley citizens in Alaska.

This veto keeps an unenforceable and unnecessary statute from being put into place since licenses will not even be available until after the moratorium was to end.

What this unanimous initiative vote by the council revealed the obvious bias against a legal and very safe industry. This bias lead the elected Representatives to the point of wasting Borough time and resources. This begs the question, were they just trying to make a statement? Is it really worth the citizens resources for actions such as these?

matsu-borough-meeting-2Regardless of the intent, Mayor Halter logically and rationally made a decision which will save time, resources, and legal fights.
A coalition of Borough residents and Alaskan citizens stood loud and proud in front of the Assembly. They spoke with respect, they spoke with knowledgeable testimonies.

Craftsman and Doctors, Lawyers and Laymen. Families and Farmers. Grandparents and even our very own Alaskan Mushers stood together.

They stand as Alaskans. They stand as Americans.

-Cheeky Monkey Blog Staff

Cannabis Legislation: Fighting Fire with Fire

ak-cannabisI recently listened to a podcast by our affiliate The Musing Monkey and the interview with Ryan Smith (you can find it here). I was touched by the stories of medical cannabis patients who have suffered at the hands of the bureaucrats in Alaska like Cynthia Franklin, who is the head of the Marijuana Control Board, that use their position and authority to push their own agenda regardless of the law and who it hurts. This isn’t something unique to Alaska though, it’s a huge problem across the United States from presidential hopefuls like Christie to small time pleebs like Cynthia Franklin. Well I have a warning for politicians and bureaucrats like them. The cannabis industry is a growing power and influence in this country.

We are all aware of the power that big money has in politics and the influence it plays in shaping laws and regulation in this country. While it may disgust us on many levels, it’s not something that’s going to go away. Well I say, let’s fight fire with fire. There will be a powerful cannabis lobby and we will have a say in the future of elections and government in states like Alaska as well as the rest of the country. People in power and authority who insist on abusing their powers, usurping powers (listen to the podcast) from others, and denying citizens their rights, will have a day of reckoning. Be assured that political donations, lobbying, ad campaigns, and grassroots movement support will sway future elections and remove those who would deny Americans their rights. The politicians today who stand in the way of legalized cannabis, a natural plant that’s a safe and healthy alternative to alcohol, opiates and other pharmaceuticals, will be out of job tomorrow.

I’m talking about using the system that, for decades, has been used against cannabis by the big pharma, paper, textiles and other companies, to change the conversation and the laws and set cannabis free. Let’s put our money and growing power to work and fight fire with fire and replace bureaucrats like Cynthia Franklin with representatives who serve the people and protect our rights, not stomp on them. It’s time to put moralist bureaucrats, whether religious, political, or otherwise who think their opinion and beliefs about cannabis are the only right ones out on the street and out of a job.

 

– Joshua Furlong, Cheeky Monkey™ Secretary & COO

Joshua Furlong is a Colorado native and businessman. He is co-founder of Cheeky Monkey™. He currently lives in Denver and has worked most recently in the New Home Sales market. He has a Bachelor’s of Business from Colorado Technical University. He has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq and spent his early career as a professional driver in the trucking industry. His personal philosophy is Veritas in virtus per libertas (Truth in virtue through Liberty).

Cannabis Clubs and Weed Bars in Alaska!

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Cheeky Monkey celebrates with other Alaska entrepreneurs today as one big step of Cannabis legalization plants a hardy foot forward!

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) is made up of five citizens elected by Governor Walker. The MCB is to help clarify regulations ect, and pass it to the legislator.

In the Anchorage Daily News today, Laurel Andrews reported, “The change allows for people to buy marijuana at a retail store and consume it in a designated area on the premises. The board voted 3-2 in favor of the amendment, with Loren Jones, public health board member, and Peter Mlynarik, the public safety board member, dissenting.”

Allowing for a purchase and consumption environment demonstrates the collaboration of all involved. Thank you EVERYONE who helped show the MCB and the citizens of this state that we are here to see cannabis freedoms win an important position. Thank you to the MCB members who have taken their personal time to help consider this new old world of cannabis!

This is a BIG win. This is all part of the ‪#‎CheekyMonkey‬ vision. The legalization of ‪#‎Cannabis‬ is going to be beneficial as the truth about it being a food and not a drug, is proven through our industries example.‪#‎BeResponsible‬ entrepreneurs! celebrating the community by giving access to consumption!

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Alaska Marijuana Consumption Locations

Screenshot (117)As Alaska moves forward, seemingly one lumber-some step after another, the public finally had their opportunity to share with the Alaska Marijuana Control Board.  While citizens have been able to write public comments, October 15 and 16th they were able to have a captive audience of the board, at least for 3 minutes.

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is made up of five citizens appointed by the Governor and have until November 24, 2015 to finish revising the draft regulations and submit them to the Legislator.

It was wonderful to hear the professional, articulate, reasonable statements by the Cannabis community. By far, the largest amount of comments were about legal consumption locations, especially “smoking clubs.” Unfortunately, as current drafts sit, private clubs are banned and there are no means for the industry to accommodate the demand (and right) of consumers to have a location outside of a private home to use cannabis.

Cheeky Monkey’s founder Johnny Furlong posed this statement to the MCB in regards to consumption locations.

“The legal argument being made that the board does not have the authority to make a license for clubs is inconsistent with its position on the Broker’s license.”

Mr Furlong was speaking in regards to the MCB creating the Broker License which was not part of the original draft, but then argued it did not have the authority to draft smoking club licenses into the regulations.

Mr. Furlong continued, If this (MCB) argument is incorrect, than you do have the authority to make a license type, however, we in the industry are not asking for that. We request you simply remove 306.900 and allow the Legislature the option to decide to do this.

If the argument is correct and you do not have the authority to add a license type, Why doesn’t a club have a license type for you to have the authority over?

It is because the clubs do not apply under any of the current license types. Clubs do not make any money directly or indirectly through the sale of cannabis, nor do they broker it in any way.   

This is because clubs are an ancillary business service much like the garden store who sells the nutrients for someone to grow their seeds at the beginning of life stage, or the store where they buy the pipe to put their bud in. The clubs simply are offering an environment and a chair for citizens to enjoy the end of the life cycle of the cannabis which they grew in their garden, with their pipe that was purchased at a store. Offering a private seat in a private club location is not a cannabis transaction.

It stops becoming an ancillary business once they get the retail license and begin to sell cannabis. At this point, they fall under a license type. Private club is defined as; one whose proprietor owns the property and funds and conducts the club to attempt to make a profit. The members are entitled to use the premises and property in exchange for the payment of entrance fees and subscriptions to the proprietor. Private smoking clubs fit this description, thus are not a “cannabis business.”

So, with or without the authority to to make licenses, you do have the authority to remove it and it is this citizen’s opinion it is the most prudent step to take. Remove 306.900 and allow the legislature to make the decision of what needs to be done while the actual cannabis businesses can start moving forward with your great assistance. Thank you very much.”

Thanks to the many folks in the Alaska Cannabis Industry who have worked together to help bring an educated voice to the MCB. Cheeky Monkey™ would like to give special thanks to the AK CRCL who has played an important role in providing information and assistance with understanding current draft impacts.

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