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Alaska One Step Closer To Opening Recreational Marijuana Retail Stores

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Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board is expected to approve the state’s first retail marijuana store licenses this week.

Since being approved by voters almost a year ago, recreational marijuana sales in Alaska have yet to begin. The Marijuana Control Board has already approved 50 marijuana business operator licences, they are expected to approve licenses for retail sales this week.

The operator licenses that were approved are focused around licensing individuals to grow and test the marijuana to be sold. Product manufacturers and retail licencing are still waiting for approval from the board.

The board is also expected to discuss if smoking lounges would be allowed inside the stores. This is an important issue for the tourists and customers who will not be allowed to smoke marijuana in public. The proposal would allow cannabis to be sold and consumed in a shop, much like how bars sell alcohol now. No decisions on the topic has been finalized so far.

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Peter Lomonaco, co-founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club, and CEO Charlo Greene share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Peter Lomonaco, co-founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club, and CEO Charlo Greene share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska has become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

If Alaska decides to approve the use of marijuana in stores, it would make them the first state in the U.S. to do so. This would be a gigantic step for the marijuana industry.

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