Get ready, Alaska! Regulators are gearing up to award first pot licenses


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JUNEAU, Alaska — State regulators are poised to award the first licenses for legal Alaska marijuana businesses in the state, another milestone for the fledgling industry.

Thursday’s meeting agenda for the Marijuana Control Board includes 30 applications that will be up for consideration, two of which are for testing facilities. The rest are for grow operations.

The board has taken a staggered approach to licensing, focusing first on grow and testing facilities to help ensure there will be legally grown marijuana available for when the first retail stores are authorized.

Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, has said that a crop life is estimated at 90 days, and regulators are looking at September to begin issue retail licenses.

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