Juneau City Officials Approve On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Dispensaries

City officials in Juneau, Alaska approved an ordinance on Monday that will allow the on-site consumption of cannabis products at licensed marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance was passed by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly at Monday’s meeting by a vote of 6 to 2.

Under the measure, Juneau cannabis dispensaries licensed by the state would be permitted to allow customers to smoke marijuana and consume cannabis edibles. The consumption of edibles would be permitted indoors but smoking cannabis would only be allowed outdoors at locations approved by state regulators.

The ordinance was approved after months of debate over whether on-site consumption could be allowed without conflicting with Juneau’s second-hand smoke laws. Assemblymember Wade Bryson, one of the supporters of the ordinance, believes that allowing cannabis smoking at dispensaries would discourage people from illegally smoking pot in public places.

“If you don’t like marijuana smoke, you should be for this ordinance,” Bryson said during Monday’s meeting.

Assemblymembers Maria Gladziszewski, Carole Triem, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Rob Edwardson, and Michelle Bonnet Hale also voted in favor of the on-site consumption ordinance. Mayor Beth Weldon and Assemblymember Mary Becker voted against the measure. Becker said she doesn’t “want marijuana used inside or outside.”

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