On July 11, 2017, members of the Anchorage Assembly voted and approved a resolution to ask the Alaska Marijuana Control Board to support onsite consumption for locals and visiting tourists.
While the Alaska Marijuana Control Board rejected the idea of onsite consumption this past February, making it difficult for some marijuana customers to enjoy their marijuana purchases, advocates have renewed the effort to find a solution.
“Unless you have your own property here, you really can’t legally consume it anywhere. You can’t do it in hotel rooms, you can’t do it downtown in the parks, you can’t do it on the street, so that’s a tricky battle that we find ourselves in every day,” said Will Ingram, general manager of marijuana retail shop Alaska Fireweed, as reported by KTVA.
Assemblymember Chris Constant, who represents Anchorage’s downtown district, is aware that customers are going to illegal areas like pubic parks to consume the drug, but he knows it’s an unsafe alternative for consumers and the public.
“We have a conundrum in the law that there’s no place for them to go and smoke,” Constant said.
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is scheduled to have a meeting on July 12 where the issue of onsite consumption will likely come up, but Constant submitted a resolution to the Anchorage Assembly in advance of the AMCB meeting in an effort to help expedite the approval of onsite consumption. The assembly approved Constant’s resolution 7-4.
“I’ve heard from people who would like to see a common sense solution, and a common sense solution is that if you allow them to buy it, allow them to smoke it onsite,” Constant said.
If onsite consumption is approved by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board, consumers shouldn’t expect an instant change in the rules, as regulations for consumption sites would have to be drafted, discussed and then adopted.