Alaskan marijuana businesses can now apply for the state-run “Made in Alaska” program, which is designed to help promote products made and manufactured in the state. In order to qualify for the program, prospective products must be 51% or more produced in Alaska.
All products that meet the qualification are stamped with a logo bearing the image of a mother polar bear, her cub and the phrase “Made in Alaska.” This is different from the “Alaska Grown” program, which serves a similar purpose but restricts Alaskan marijuana businesses because the program receives federal funding.
According to records obtained by Juneau Empire, one marijuana business has already applied for the program, Hempco LLC, also known as Alaska Cannabis Company, but it hasn’t received its recreational license yet so it can’t yet receive the certification.
However, other marijuana businesses that are licensed are still welcome to apply. Speaking with Juneau Empire, Cary Carrigan, head of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, said that the program will go a long way towards normalizing the marijuana industry in Alaska.
“I think it’ll be a good thing for us. Anything that says who we are and what we’re doing (is good),” Carrigan said.