Here is the first blog post for the AMIA!
We are going to be working to keep you in the loop since we are really busy doing a wide array of projects that are ongoing.
We will also be posting a podcast as soon as the website is up and we will be making that announcement through the website and by email to the faithful.
Also from time to time there will be others who may help and put up a post or two.
Whenever someone other than myself is posting, it will be credited.
Here is the dirt for this week, or perhaps I should say "Here is the certified organic potting soil":
The next Marijuana Control Board meeting is going to be this coming Tuesday 07MAR2017 in Anchorage. There is a draft agenda on the website that was published by the AMCO earlier today.
The new Director Erika McConnell from the MOA Land Use and Community Development Office is going to be speaking prior to the start of the next meeting.
There is also an Executive Session, and sometimes those go for a couple of hours.
Depending on what happens, it could be a short meeting for the publics business.
CBD's and the whole confiscation issue seems to be a topic that everyone still has top of mind questions about every time I am around a group of cannabis retailers/manufacturers/cultivators.
Since this is on the current draft agenda, it would be good if we were to get to this in the next MCB meeting. Cross your fingers!
I should point out that if you didn't yet take the time to dig into the statements posted on the AMIA website (alaskamarijuanaindustry.org), I suggest you take a moment to do so.
There are CBD and Pre-roll statements - all the positions that the industry is taking are there, posted as PDF files under the Archive tab.
At some point we need to mention that the archived resources of the association will be password protected for the members. Join!
Also, Jobs page will be going up soon. Everything takes time. We are working.
Had a great meeting with the folks from the Mat-Su, a dedicated bunch who are just recovering from the Herculean effort last fall to push back on the Prohibition measure.
Speaking of which, there will be an opportunity to get involved in two Statewide Events.
One is the event put on by the Fairbanks North Star Borough AMIA happening at the end of April.
That is going to be the first of it's kind event designed to draw in the public and help them get an idea of what the industry is.
This is critical, and a great way to open some eyes before they get into their election battle this fall.
Right on the heels of the FNSBAMIA event, the Valdez opt-out election that is taking place in May.
We are going to have to help that effort, so mark your calendar.
If we as a collective can push back and educate, we will be doing our job.