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Alaska Regulators Now Accepting Cannabis Business Licenses

Regulators with the Alaska Marijuana Control Board began accepting applications today for state-licensed cannabis businesses, Becky Bohrer reports for The Associated Press.

Though applications can be submitted today, it may take three weeks to determine whether or not the application is fully completed in regards to state requirements. The Marijuana Control Board will then have up to 90 days to approve or deny a completed license application.

Applications are submitted online, where there are also several educational videos to help Alaska’s future ganjapreneurs through the complicated application process.

Under the current plan, regulators are expected to approve the first cultivation and testing facilities sometime in June, with the first retailer licenses following sometime in September. It will still be many months before adults 21 and over in Alaska can purchase recreational cannabis products.

The board is also pursuing a legislative fix to allow for national criminal history checks on applicants applying for a marijuana license. A Senate committee is scheduled to hear a bill addressing this issue on Wednesday.

Regulators finalized the state’s recreational marijuana laws earlier this month. The completed set of rules is available here.

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