Cannabis Information by State: Alaska

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Licensing

Like most states, Alaska requires a state license to engage in commercial cannabis activity. The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) regulates the state’s adult-use and medical marijuana program.

Types of licenses include:

  • Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities
  • Marijuana Concentrate Manufacturing Facilities
  • Marijuana Testing Manufacturing Facilities
  • Retail Marijuana Store

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Regulations and Compliance

The AMCO requires all licensees to use Metrc’s seed to sale tracking system to ensure that medical and adult-use cannabis/cannabis products are safely tracked and monitored prior to sale.

Companies who engage in commercial cannabis activity must use Metrc, the state-designated cannabis tracking system, to track, record, and report inventory. 

Because remaining compliant includes tracking and reporting everything down to the gram, automation is essential for saving time and cutting costs. Implementing an ERP system designed for the regulations and supply chain of the cannabis industry will help your business survive and thrive.

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Packaging and Labeling

Cannabis and cannabis products must be sold in packaging that is opaque, resealable, and child-resistant.

Labeling must include:

  • The retail store’s name and license number
  • The estimated total amount of THC
  • Various warning statements

Establishments must comply with additional labeling requirements for harvest batches, marijuana from cultivation facilities, and marijuana being transferred from one facility to another.

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Business and Advertising

Regulations for advertisements from licensed marijuana establishments include:

  • Merchandise may not include any advertising or promotions beyond the business name, logo, location, and contact information
  • A licensed establishment cannot have more than three signs visible to the public
  • Advertisements must include the business name and license number
  • Advertisements cannot be within 1,000 feet of a child-centered facility substance abuse or treatment facility
  • Advertisements cannot be placed on or in public transportation, publicly owned property, or on a campus for postsecondary education
  • Advertisements must contain various warnings
  • Establishments that advertises with a web page must ensure individuals visiting the page are 21 years of age or older
  • Establishments can sponsor events as long as no more than 30 percent of the participants and audience are expected to be under the age of 21

Advertisements may not include statements, images, designs, or illustrations that:

  • Are false or misleading
  • Promote excessive consumption
  • Indication therapeutic effects
  • Depicts consumption by a person under the age of 21
  • Appeals to a person under the age of 21

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*Disclaimer: Cannabis laws vary by state and are subject to frequent changes. This article is intended to provide general information and is not a substitute for legal counsel or binding business advice. Please consider consulting an Alaska lawyer for more information.

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