A proposal that would allow on-site consumption of marijuana will go out for public comment after the Alaska Marijuana Control Board endorsed a measure opening the way July 14 during its meeting in Fairbanks.
Working from one of three draft proposals, the board looked at a number of restrictions in lengthy debates before approving the on-site consumption measure. The public will be able to weigh in on these and other aspects of the concept:
• The facility needs to protect employees from second-hand smoke by offering a screened off viewing area to monitor the floor where consumption takes place.
• It also needs to be screened off from public viewing just as current regulations keep shop windows blocked from outsiders looking in.
• Local governments would have the right to prohibit such facilities from allowing smoking if they chose.
• Applicants would need to submit operation plans for addressing security, separation from the retail area and employee protections from second-hand smoke.
• Smoking marijuana concentrates, known as “dabs,” would not be allowed.
• Entertainment such as television, music or games would be allowed.