by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 24, 2020

Marijuana consumption sites are coming to Alaska.

This week, officials with the Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board issued their first-ever permits to retailers who wish to allow customers to consume cannabis on the premises.

While a handful of cities in other states — such as West Hollywood, California and Springfield, Illinois — have similarly issued municipal licenses to allow for on-site cannabis consumption, Alaska is the first jurisdiction to provide state approval for such facilities.

In Colorado, state regulators are in the process of facilitating regulations governing the establishment of “marijuana hospitality spaces.” Massachusetts regulators are also in the process of rolling out a pilot program to permit on-site marijuana consumption facilities in up to a dozen self-selected cities throughout the state.