Smoking weed at pot bars or lounges inside dispensaries will soon be legal in Alaska.
The state’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 recently to allow licensed cannabis sellers to allow smoking. The board changed the definition of smoking in public, which is prohibited, to carve out an exception for the shops.
However, none of Alaska’s legit retailers are open yet.
Still, some hailed the vote as a progressive move. The state will be the first among four that have legalized recreational cannabis to allow in-store smoking.
“This would put, I think, Alaska in the forefront on this issue,” Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Associated Press.
Board chairman Bruce Schulte, who proposed the idea, said he was reacting to demand among the state’s cannabis aficionados.