The Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) — a division of Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development — is charged with administering the state’s cannabis laws.
The board issued a set of specific licensing and enforcement criteria:
- The licensed premises must not be located within 500 feet of a school ground, a recreation or youth center, a building in which religious services are regularly conducted, or a correctional facility.
- The licensed premises must not be located in a liquor license premises.
- The licensed premises must not be located in a place within the local government where a local zoning ordinance prohibits the marijuana establishment, unless the local government has approved a variance from the local ordinance.
- The applicant must not be a felon or found guilty of selling alcohol without a license, selling alcohol to an individual under 21 years of age, a misdemeanor crime involving a controlled substance, violence against a person, use of a weapon, or dishonesty within the preceding five years; or been convicted of a class A misdemeanor relating to selling, furnishing, or distributing marijuana within two years before submitting an application.
- All applicants with a direct or indirect financial interest must be Alaska residents