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Great Northern Cannabis is known for its immaculate retail fronts, but according to an audio recording that’s blowing up on social media and the local cannabis community, their weed, at least on one occasion, has been moldy.

House Leadership unveiled legislation today, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (aka the ‘‘HEROES Act”), to provide additional economic resources and support in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comments on how Americans with chronic pain are successfully treating their symptoms.

In a letter to House leadership, the Marijuana Justice Coalition, which is made up by groups including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, and others, sent a letter to Congressional Leadership requesting that sma…

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have introduced legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses to apply for COVID-19 benefits through the Small Business Administration. Currently, the SBA is prohibited from engaging with cannabis businesses due to feder…

Ten members of the Senate, led by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 34 members of the House, led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), have recently issued letters requesting Small Business Administration funding programs be expanded so that…

Laughing Salmon owner Kyle Lutz is excited to open the doors to his all new cannabis retail facility but there’s still details to work out, especially since there’s still an ongoing crisis over COVID-19.

Here at NORML, we take our work seriously. With so many unsubstantiated claims being made regarding cannabis and staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve compiled a list of resources for consumers and ways your activism can thrive during social distancing.

Local cannabis retail store owners are preparing for the rollout of curbside delivery in different ways as they respond to the 3-2 decision by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board to approve regulations that would allow for curbside pickup from dispensaries.

Monkeys and Gorillas,

In a time when all there is to do is smoke, I look out the window and see the sun setting under the bare trees. Snow is melting as the mountains blended in with the skyline. I am inside. Quarantine is what they are calling it.

Cancer is everywhere in our society. People ask more and more if cannabis can be used to legitimately fight cancer. Zane Ulin is one person who has. I met with him recently at a cafe and he immediately presented me with a number of jars and a large syringe of indeterminate origin. Before I c…

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Budtender Diaries by Tom Layou

If you’re the kind of person who likes to get depressed, the holidays are a great time to do it. Rather than get all excited about the many reasons nearly any person of any background may find the holidays uncomfortable, it seems again worth discussing one of my favorite topics — weed. Along…

Erika McConnell has been ousted as director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office and the one thing that’s sure about it is the whole statewide weed scene has shit a brick. People are walking into my shop after Marijuana Control Board meetings like they’d just heard there’s a come…

Erik said, “You comin’ to the Bush Company with us tonight?”

A coworker told me people down at Frozen Founders were into weed and they might talk to me about it. She said something about clothes, visual art, and music. After a few moments on their Facebook page, I still didn’t know much. It said there was a clothing store and a studio downtown, and ap…

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Budtender Diaries by Tom Layou

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“If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.”

by Allen Ginnett

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, announced their support for legislation to protect states that have legalized marijuana. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation, The Strengthening the Te…

It’s been two years since the first cannabis shops opened in Alaska, and to the surprise of many, the industry continues to grow at breakneck speed.

The cannabis industry in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has grown substantially since retail sales officially started in 2017. There’s now a spectrum of cultivators growing for eight dispensaries across the Valley and they contribute to Valley’s overall economy in a variety of ways, from job …

One of the biggest misconceptions about cannabis is that THC potency is the only factor that will determine the quality of cannabis. Though potency is an important part, the real science behind your high is right under your nose.

Late last month, cannabis industry representatives gathered in Juneau to attend the February Marijuana Control Board meeting. This meeting held particular signifance because Alaska’s legislature is in session, which provided industry representatives a wonderful opportunity to meet with elect…

I’ve always been a late bloomer. I went on my first date at 17. Got my first kiss at 19. Lost my v-card at 21. If it wasn’t for being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia at 32, I probably never would have tried cannabis.

On site consumption was approved in Alaska last December in a 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board. While many were excited at the idea of being able to use small amounts of recreational cannabis in approved establishments, the momentum appears to be stagnating.

Legal Cannabis has brought on a whole new market in Alaska. Many of us are not aware that there’s an etiquette to purchasing weed. We seem to have forgotten what it was like to wait hours for our man to deliver us the goods, being forced to buy only one kind because it was all that was avail…

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 known cannabinoids. In recent years it’s gotten quite a bit of attention as we learn more about its numerous health benefits. One alluring factor of CBD is that it’s not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get people high. For many people, CBD has incredi…

As we’re all likely aware by now, AMCO recently gave the green light to move forward with regulations for onsite consumption. Most of the cannabis community is celebrating the good news, however some are feeling a bit jaded by the 1 gram maximum and the uninclusion of concentrates. The 10 mg…

Big news for the Alaskan Cannabis industry! After years of debate, the MCBA has voted to allow onsite consumption with a 3-2 vote. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, cannabis users aren’t free to toke up at their favorite pot shops just yet, as the regulations will still …