Last year Alaskan voters approved recreational marijuana for adults (21+). It still is illegal to buy or sell due to delayed license distribution. Applications will start being accepted in February, meaning first industry licenses will be awarded sometime around May.

This past November, the Alaska state marijuana control board also approved on-site consumption at retail stores. Alaska is slated to be the first state to have pot cafes where people can buy and consume marijuana.


Some question if Alaska’s small population could match the success that Oregon or Colorado have seen. Despite the fact that not many people live in Alaska year-round, pot cafes give people a legal place to consume marijuana, just like Amsterdam. Not to mention, with close to a million cruise ship passengers each year, marijuana cafes are an added tourist attraction in Juneau.