'Made in Alaska' program welcomes marijuana businesses

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-sponsored "Made in Alaska" program that allows a business to use a featured logo if its products are made in the state is accepting applications from marijuana businesses.

    The Juneau Empire reported Friday that marijuana businesses are still barred from using the official "Alaska Grown" label put on state agricultural products because that program receives federal funding. But the "Made in Alaska" program, whose label features a polar bear and a black bear, does not receive federal funding, which is why it can be opened to marijuana businesses.

    Cary Carrigan, leader of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association trade group, said the "Made in Alaska" decision matters because it's a sign the state is continuing to normalize its attitude toward marijuana and treat marijuana businesses the same as others.

     

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