JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on actions by Alaska marijuana regulators (all times local):
Alaska marijuana regulators have delayed by at least another month a decision on allowing people to buy marijuana products to smoke, inhale or consume in food in authorized stores.
The Marijuana Control Board has wrestling with the issue since last year. But board member Loren Jones said Wednesday that he wanted more time to consider it.
The matter was tabled until next month’s meeting, over the objections of the board’s two industry members.
The board is in unchartered territory. The three other states that have legalized recreational marijuana ban its public use, including in pot stores.
Alaska bans public use, too, but regulators created an exception for authorized stores. The idea was to provide a place for tourists and others to partake. But they have yet to finalize rules for what those smoking and use areas might look like.
The board regulating Alaska’s fledgling legal marijuana industry is expected to approve licenses this week for the state’s first retail marijuana outlets.
The Marijuana Control Board is expected to consider dozens of license applications for marijuana businesses and discuss the key issue of whether certain retail stores will be allowed to have areas on their premises where consumers could light up.
Alaska’s first marijuana retail shops are expected to open by the end of 2016.
But the board is trying to find a way to accommodate tourists interested in partaking in legal marijuana who otherwise are prohibited from using marijuana in public.