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In Alaska, cannabis is regulated by the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO). Medical and adult-use cannabis are controlled by a unified ruleset, and Alaska generally treats all marijuana as adult use.
Alaska uses METRC as their state traceability system.
Alaska’s equivalencies are unusual in that they depend on the variety of products in the transaction. While flower and concentrates both have a limitation of weight if sold exclusively with like type items, when sold with marijuana product (other product types), the entire transaction is limited by the potency.
There is the allowance for cities and municipalities to impose their own taxes on licenses within their limits. There is not a standard tax rate for retailers.
Alaska does not currently allow home delivery.
Special rules, things that have come up, regulator confirmation of things, guidance
The AMCO compiles current statutes and regulations.
All applications (except for ROD and ROND licensees) must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $1,000. Additional license fees are imposed prior to the issuance of a final license. If the applicant qualifies as a social and economic equity applicant, then a 50% reduction, waiver, or deferred fee will apply. Other reductions, waivers, or fee deferrals may be approved by the Board for those demonstrating sufficient need.
Application review for the AUCC, AUCP, and CAURD applications takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks, per the Office. After the Office reviews and processes your application, if it meets the requirements, it will then be presented to the Board for final approval. Applicants may only begin adult-use cannabis activities upon final license approval from the Board.
For the non-conditional adult-use application round opening on October 4, OCM has indicated that it would begin reviewing those retail and microbusiness applications with site control as early as November 3, with no set timeline for ultimate license issuance.
The short answer is that there are no caps on total number of licenses in the Cannabis Law. We’ve seen hundreds of AUCP and AUCC licenses issued to date. For CAURD licenses, whereas the Board initially only planned to issue 150 total licenses, they then agreed to double that number to 300, and then exceeded that number thereafter.
That being said, the Board and the Office may limit the total number of applications in a few different material ways. For instance, they may limit licenses by location or authorized regions (as they have done in the CAURD application round), size of operation or output, or other operating conditions, dependent on issues related to sustainability, public health and safety, and social and economic factors.
For the application round opening on OCtober 3, OCM has indicated that it intends on issuing more than 1,000 total licenses, estimated to be broken down as follows:
Given that New York has now held three (3) distinct adult-use application rounds (AUCC, AUCP, and CAURD), it should be noted that those three (3) applications were notably consistent. The applications are hosted on the New York Business Express website, which is largely user friendly, though subject to crashes on high volume days (such as the final date for submission of the CAURD applications).
The proposed adult-use regulations identify similar areas of information for the forthcoming license opportunities, including:
For the application period opening on October 3, the Office will initially review:
As it relates to final licensure, the Office will assess, among other things: