The following is a rundown of the upcoming time frame of marijuana legalization in Alaska.
Nov. 4, 2014
Statewide election held. Ballot Measure 2 passes 53% to 47%.
Nov. 24, 2014
Vote certified by Division of Elections. Statutes will be enacted by operation of law 90 days later.
Jan. 20, 2015
Legislature gavels in. Multiple bills related to the marijuana industry are anticipated.
February 24, 2015
Statutes are enacted. The nine-month deadline for developing regulations begins.
April 19, 2015
Legislature scheduled to adjourn.
Nov. 24, 2015
Deadline for the board to adopt regulations. If regulations are not adopted by this date, local governments have the option of establishing their own regulations. Final regulations package submitted to the Governor’s Office and Department of Law for review and approval.
Feb. 24, 2016
Board must start accepting applications and must act on them within 90 days of receipt. If the board has not adopted regulations, applications may be submitted directly to local regulatory authorities.
March 26, 2016
Tentative effective date of regulations; effective date will be 30 days after the Lt. Governor’s Office files the approved regulations.
May 24, 2016
Initial marijuana industry licenses expected to be awarded.
Source: Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board