Alaska attorney general: Marijuana social clubs illegal

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general says marijuana social clubs are illegal, addressing what had been a hazy area following the state's legalization of recreational pot.

    The opinion does not apply to licensed retail marijuana shops, for which state regulators are considering rules for allowing cannabis consumption.

    At issue are clubs that charge fees for patrons to use marijuana onsite or that otherwise provide access to a significant number of people to consume marijuana there. Those, according to the opinion by Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth, are illegal.

    Lindemuth says unlicensed social clubs are public places like movie theaters, cafes or other businesses where marijuana consumption is not allowed.

    The opinion was requested by the state commerce commissioner. The state's Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office falls under the commerce department.

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