Alaska Voters to Decide Whether to Allow On-Site Cannabis Consumption in Anchorage
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Alaska Voters to Decide Whether to Allow On-Site Cannabis Consumption in Anchorage

The Anchorage Assembly voted to send the question to voters on the April 7 city election ballot.

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October 15, 2019

Alaska voters will have the final say in whether Anchorage retail locations can allow customers to use cannabis on-site after the Anchorage Assembly voted 7-4 to send the question to voters on the April 7 city election ballot.

Should the issue receive voter approval, on-site consumption would be strictly regulated and would take place in a separate, monitored area of retailers’ shops, away from employees and other customers, according to an Anchorage Daily News report.

Although Alaska’s state code already has allowances for on-site cannabis smoking, Anchorage voters would be changing the city’s workplace safety code, which currently bans indoor smoking, according to the news outlet.

Advocates are now preparing for a voter education campaign on the issue, and regulators have looked to cities in Colorado, California and Oregon to see how others are navigating on-site consumption, Anchorage Daily News reported.