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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.

CRCL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CRCLalaska/?fref=photo

 

Quit Playing Partisan Politics with Pot

“Not much of a surprise there. Refreshing to see that a handful of the right wingers are slowly creeping into the 21st century with their attitudes towards medicinal cannabis. But then, ultimately I wouldn’t imagine there are many with any interest in cannabis legalisation would cast their vote for the Republicans anyway.”

-Facebook comment on Cannabis Law Reform

“Decades of republican hate speech about marijuana has resulted in this: thats the first thing to assert. America has been choked on anti-marijuana propaganda and still the movement to fix it, to get marijuana to be regulated and to get police to stop killing people over it, to stop ruining lives with the law has progressed.”
by xxdrzombiexx on DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform

pot politicsI ask myself constantly, being a conservative libertarian, why my allies on the left in the Cannabis reform movement hate me so bad?

I mean, there are millions of conservatives or as many on the left like to vilify us as gun carrying, God Fearing, racist, bigoted, homophobes who are pro cannabis and anti drug war. I understand that name calling is the lowest form of debate and is purely meant to demean an opponent’s opinion and view when logic, fact and truth get in the way. But in the instance of Cannabis reform, can’t we put aside the partisan politics?

My brother and I are both conservative libertarians. We are much more aligned with the Republican party than the Democrats, yet we own a cannabis business and work in the movement to see cannabis legal for everyone over 21 regardless of what they want to use it for. Not only that, but we find the whole drug war, wrong, evil, misguided and anti-American. So how does it help the movement to have people like xxdr Zombie try to make this a liberal issue? It doesn’t, it creates division and looks to push out people he has a political and philosophical hate towards. He doesn’t want us in HIS movement, we are wing nuts. I thought the liberal movement was one of inclusiveness, well here we are. Millions of conservatives who want to see cannabis legal and he would have us cast out and ruin any chance of seeing just that happen.

Hate speech even when pointed at conservatives doesn’t help move the agenda forward. I would ask all my liberal allies in the Cannabis movement to focus on the issue, not the party affiliations.

 

– Joshua Furlong, Cheeky Monkey™ VP of Operations

Joshua Furlong is a Coloradan native and businessman. He is co-founder and VP of Operations of CheekyMonkeyAK. 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. While a cannabis activist and businessman, Mr. Furlong doesn’t partake of the herb in any form. His personal philosophy is Veritas in virtus per libertas (Truth in virtue through Liberty).

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