On Friday, with the state just two months away from finishing regulations for Alaska’s commercial marijuana sales, the Department of Law filed a raft of felony charges against three businesses. Whether the three operators broke the law by selling marijuana over the last few months will be decided in court. Right now, however, both sides allege that publicity is playing a role in the cases.
16 felonies and six more misdemeanors were filed against Anchorage-based Alaska Cannabis Club and Absolutely Chronic Deliveries Company, as well as Discreet Deliveries, which has multiple locations from Fairbanks down to the Kenai Peninsula.
According to charging documents, since the start of the year undercover agents bought marijuana from each business on multiple occasions. The individual felony charges are for every sale of more than an ounce.
“It’s not yet legal to sell marijuana in the state of Alaska,” Skidmore said. When voters approved Ballot Measure Two in November it set up a framework for building a regulated industry. “But we’re not there yet.”