In April 2018, Alaska enacted Senate bill 6, "a bill related to the regulation and production of industrial marijuana.". Act No. 6 was passed before the agriculture act 2018 and is in compliance with the agriculture act 2014. According to sb 6, "industrial cannabis" is defined as "all parts and varieties of cannabis plants containing no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol." Sb 6 defines "cannabis bisphenol" oil as "the viscous liquid concentrate of cannabis bisphenol extracted from cannabis plant (genus), whose delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol content does not exceed 0.3%." Sb 6 did not solve the problem of processing industrial hemp into hemp CBD products
The Alaskan Department of natural resources (DNR) is part of the Alaskan Department of agriculture and has regulatory authority over industrial marijuana. According to the Alaskan daily, cannabis programs in Alaska are slow to start because the Alaskan Department of natural resources (DNR) needs to spend some time working with law enforcement to develop a cannabis control program.
On May 31, 2019, the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) issued the proposed industrial marijuana rules. These rules are very detailed, but have not yet been finalized. This article will summarize some highlights, including cultivation, processing, marketing and cannabis derivatives. The proposed rules also provide a detailed overview of the transport and testing of industrial cannabis, including procedures for the isolation and destruction of substandard cannabis and cannabis products.
Under the proposed rules, the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) will issue three industrial marijuana registration permits for growers, processors and retailers to participate in the Alaska industrial marijuana pilot program.
Growers with registration permits can grow, store and transport industrial marijuana. Growers may also sell original industrial marijuana to another grower or processor, or to those who do not need a registration permit under this chapter, including consumers in the state, provided that the marijuana cannot be further processed. " Growers cannot sell processed industrial marijuana unless it also has a processing registration permit.
Growers must keep records of all sources of industrial cannabis seeds and breeders. The cultivation of industrial marijuana is only allowed to be carried out in the planting area licensed by the registration. The planting area cannot be a residential area or within 3230 feet of the non industrial marijuana planting area. Growers must submit a planting report to the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) within 30 days of marijuana cultivation. Pesticides can only be operated by enterprises / units certified by the Alaskan Department of environmental protection.
Unless the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) explicitly allows post harvest testing, growers must first obtain a test from the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) to harvest marijuana. In either case, industrial marijuana must be tested before growers can sell it.
Processing and extraction method
Registered processors can process industrial marijuana into products. Processors can buy, store and transport industrial cannabis raw materials. Processors can sell processed industrial marijuana or industrial marijuana products to retailers. Processors must comply with all applicable health and safety standards.
Only the following two methods can be used for the processing and extraction of industrial marijuana:
? non hydrocarbon extraction, including: cold or hot water filtration, isopropanol or isopropanol, ethanol or ethanol, carbon dioxide, dry ice, screening.
? hydrocarbon extraction, including: n-butane, isobutylene, propane, or heptane.
Processors should only use food grade or at least 99% pure solvents in the extraction process. The use of solvent extraction must be "done in a professional closed-loop system that recycles solvents for extraction"
Processed cannabis products for human or animal consumption must be tested for cannabinoid concentration and composition, residual solvents, microorganisms, pesticides and heavy metal concentrations. Testing must be performed by a testing agency authorized by the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) or the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR). Processors must keep records and prepare an annual report on the number of industrial marijuana processed, the batch number processed, the disposition of all unprocessed and processed industrial marijuana, and records of all personnel exposed to all processed or unprocessed industrial marijuana.
After registration, retailers can sell processed industrial marijuana or industrial marijuana products to consumers. In addition, retailers can import, store and transport processed industrial cannabis and industrial cannabis products. Retailers must ensure that all products are properly labeled and that the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) placard is displayed to indicate that they are a registered licensed retailer.
When applying for a registration permit, the retailer applicant must provide a description of the type of operation of the retailer, a list of the places where the industrial marijuana products are placed for retail sale, and a list of the industrial marijuana products sold.
Like processors, retailers must keep records and submit annual reports to the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR).
Cannabis product recognition
In addition to registering licensed growers, processors, and retailers, the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) also enforces regulations for all cannabis products in Alaska. "Any processed marijuana product for human or animal consumption" must be approved by the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) before it can be "shipped within the state or sold to consumers.". Retailers and processors must file applications with the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR). The filing applicant must provide the following:
1. Color copy of product suggestion label;
2. Copies of laboratory test results of each product or batch of products;
3. A copy of the DNR registration license or a copy of the processor registration license or license for other states or eligible entities that conduct industrial marijuana testing under the agriculture act 2014;
4. Copies of terpene analysis required by the proposed rules
5. Filing fee.
Industrial cannabis products for human or animal consumption shall not contain more than 50 mg of delta-9 thc per product. The label of such products must also contain the following:
1. Product name;
2. Batch number and batch number of products;
3. Product validity;
4. Total amount of products calculated by weight or volume;
5. Each content and recommended dosage;
6. List of all ingredients;
7. State that the product has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the Alaska Department of environmental protection.
8. Industrial cannabis pilot scheme for the origin of cannabis;
9. An industrial marijuana test plan authorizing the processing or testing of industrial marijuana in products;
10. If the product contains delta-9-THC, you must declare "warning: contains THC.
At present, it is not clear when the Alaska Department of natural resources (DNR) will issue a registration license or begin to recognize the product.
The most striking aspect of the new rules is that the sale of cannabis products for human consumption requires certification and registration. The Department of natural resources of Alaska (DNR) updated its "consulting" page on its website on June 20, 2019, showing the scope of this registration:
Q: do large stores such as GNC, natural pantry and all gas stations have to obtain retail licenses?
A: Yes. All retail sales of industrial marijuana products require retail registration, with the exception of growers or processors who sell industrial marijuana raw materials.
This may hinder the online sale of the Alaskan consumer cannabis CBD, as retailer applicants must list where they will sell their cannabis products and display the Department of natural resources (DNR) placards in their stores. Online retailers who sell directly to consumers will not be able to comply with these geographical requirements.
Finally, these rules are only for the agriculture act 2014 and do not refer to the agriculture act 2018. This may need to change as most states will operate under the agriculture act 2018.