JUNEAU, Alaska — The state-sponsored “Made in Alaska” program that allows a business to use a featured logo if its products are made in the state is accepting applications from marijuana businesses.

Marijuana businesses are still barred from using the official “Alaska Grown” label put on state agricultural products because that program receives federal funding, The Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/2gsrGM8 ) Friday.

But the “Made in Alaska” program, whose label features a polar bear and a black bear, does not receive federal funding, which is why it can be opened to marijuana businesses.

Cary Carrigan, leader of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association trade group, said the “Made in Alaska” decision matters because it’s a sign the state is continuing to normalize its attitude toward marijuana and treat marijuana businesses the same as others.

In fiscal year 2017, 1,258 “Made in Alaska” certifications were issued, according to state figures.

Jennifer Canfield, one of the owners of Green Elephant Gardens in Juneau, agreed with Carrigan that the state’s decision is good news, but said marijuana businesses still face obstacles that other businesses don’t, particularly in the way that they’re banned from the federally regulated banking system.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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