Alaska pot regulators poised to approve retail licenses

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP, KINY) — The board regulating Alaska's fledgling legal marijuana industry is expected to approve licenses this week for the state's first retail marijuana outlets.

    The Marijuana Control Board is expected to consider dozens of license applications for marijuana businesses and discuss the key issue of whether certain retail stores will be allowed to have areas on their premises where consumers could light up.

    Alaska's first marijuana retail shops are expected to open by the end of 2016.

    But the board is trying to find a way to accommodate tourists interested in partaking in legal marijuana who otherwise are prohibited from using marijuana in public.

    The state's Marijuana Control Board begins a two day meeting in Anchorage Wednesday.

    Juneau Assemblymember Loren Jones serves on the board and detailed their agenda on Action Line recently.

    Jones says there's about 45 various licenses to review:



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