Marijuana reclassification and taxation | Talk of Alaska

Cannabis plants grow under indoor plant lights.
A room full of cannabis plants blooms under grow lights at the indoor nursery at Great Titrations Cannabis dispensary and cafe in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Valerie Lake / Alaska Public Media)

In shops across Alaska, sales of cannabis flower and extracted products have been legal for nearly a decade. How are growers and retailers faring in a heavily-taxed and competitive industry? A bill advocates hoped would lower tax rates didn’t pass the legislature, so what does that mean for the industry? And what does a federal change to reclassify marijuana mean for the future of full legalization? We discuss legal cannabis sales and the outlook for the future on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Joan Wilson, Executive Director, Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office
  • Jana Weltzin, Owner of JDW Counseling, attorney specializing in cannabis law, and board member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association
  • Mike Emers, Owner, Rosie Creek Farm

Correction: During this discussion, the location of the drop box for Alaska’s marijuana taxes was said to be outdoors. It is actually located inside of a building.



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