Just Announced – High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022

The High Times People’s Choice competition has been accepted with open arms across the country in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and  Southern California, and now we’re proud to announce that our newest cannabis cup competition will be uniting the many unique products in Alaska! The state is already home to a burgeoning cannabis industry, and it’s a verifiable gold rush of unique products to experience.

Products can be submitted for consideration at Enlighten in Anchorage, Alaska between August 10-12. Kits will be sold starting on August 27 (first come, first serve availability). Judges will have until October 9 to check out and review everything Alaska cannabis companies have to offer, and the winners of the cup will be announced on October 16 through a digital awards show.

For those who want to submit their products for competition, one entry is set at $250, and two entries will be $100 each—both of which are non-refundable. However, three or more entries is $100 each and refundable when all entries are successfully submitted.

High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022 will feature 10 categories: Indica Flower (28 total slots available; maximum three entries per company), Sativa Flower (28 total slots available; three per company), Hybrid Flower (28 total slots available; three per company), NON-Infused Pre-Rolls (14 total slots available; two per company), Infused Pre-Rolls and Infused Flower (14 total slots available; two per company), Concentrates (14 total slots available; two per company), Vape Pens & Cartridges (14 total slots available; one per company), Edibles: Gummies (28 total slots available; three per company), Edibles: Non-Gummies (28 total slots available; three per company), and Topicals + Tinctures + Capsules (11 total slots available; two per company).

But of course, there are certain requirements to keep in mind for all submission categories. Flower must be submitted as one gram in weight as individually packaged and labeled units (we will not accept any 3.5 gram submissions). Pre-rolls should be individually packaged and labeled, with non-infused pre-rolls capped at a 2g flower-equivalency each. Infused pre-rolls and infused flower should also be individually packaged and labeled, with infused products being capped at 1 gram net weight and a maximum of 400mg THC each. Concentrates and Vape Pens must be .5 grams, each individually packaged and labeled (no 1 gram units will be accepted) and batteries are required for carts. Finally, Edibles should be individually packaged and labeled, and contain no more than 50mg of THC (100mg THC entries will not be accepted).

Once the judges have submitted their feedback, we’ll announce the first place winners that have earned themselves the renowned High Times Cannabis Cup trophy—an honorable award that proves that their product rises above the rest of the competition. The trophy, which was designed by Alex and Allyson Grey, is made of zinc and 24K gold plating. First place winners will also be given a full page advertisement in High Times magazine, a complete report of the competition scores and comment feedback, winner decals to place on your product packaging, a mention in our online article featuring the winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022 (as well as being recorded as a winner on cannabiscup.com) and of course, inclusion of the winning brands for each category on High Times social media channels (shared on the High Times timeline, story and story highlights).

Second place winners will receive a silver medal made of pewter and a silver ribbon with your winning category inscribed on it, as well as a half-page advertisement in High Times magazine, second place art assets for product packaging (along with all of the aforementioned judge’s report, and inclusion of the win online and on social media).

Third place winners will receive a bronze medal, made from pewter and bronze plating, with a matching bronze ribbon and the winning category inscribed on it, and a half-page advertisement in High Times magazine as well.

Even the products that do not win first, second, or third place in their respective categories can win in other ways. All products and brands will be included and tagged on social media in order to support Alaskan cannabis companies and everything they bring to the table. During our Awards Show, we also do a shout-out and thank all competitors for participating in our competition. Best of all, the High Times Report is available upon request, should you like to learn more about what the judges thought of your product, and where it is ranked through our scoring system.

All products must be licensed by AMCO and we cannot accept caregiver product.

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50 Years of Legal Pot – How Alaska Legalized, Recriminalized, then Legalized Again

When we think of states that are at the forefront of cannabis legislation, we tend to focus on the likes of California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Alaska – despite almost 50 years of legalization (albeit complicated and not entirely consistent) granted by a state constitution that puts our federal government’s to shame – is often completely overlooked. Given the history, current state of affairs, and unique approach to handling cannabis laws, why aren’t we looking at Alaska for more answers and examples? 

Cannabis laws are complicated, and Alaska’s history is just about as confusing as they come. Most people don’t realize for how long cannabis has been legal in the state, and Alaska is simply not one of the states that initially comes to mind when we look at pot progression. Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


Legalization timeline on the Last Frontier  

Alaska’s long, complex history with cannabis starts 47 years ago, when they became the second state to decriminalize cannabis in 1975, trailing behind only Oregon who had done so 2 years prior. The law passed on May 16, 1975, without the governor’s signature, and cannabis possession of less than one ounce was punishable by a $100 fine. 

One week later, a landmark case, Ravin vs. State was decided in favor of Irwin Ravin, an attorney who deliberately got himself arrested in Anchorage for refusing to sign a traffic ticket while in possession of cannabis. His reason for doing so was to emphasize the importance of privacy, as per the state’s constitution, in one’s own home or other personal property. He won, and Alaska became the first and only state to announce that a constitutional right to privacy offers a certain level of protection to cannabis users.  

In 1982, a few years after the Ravin decision, the state took things a step further and tossed out the $100 fine, as well as bumped up the maximum legal amount to four ounces in the home, or one ounce outside the home. These laws lasted almost a decade, until the people of Alaska voted ‘yes’ on measure 2 in 1990, which recriminalized the possession of cannabis, even in one’s home. Then, possession became punishable by up to $1000 and, possibly, 90 days in jail.  

In 1998, Measure 8 to legalize the cannabis for medical use only passed with 58.7% of the vote. The measure allowed licensed patients to grow up to six plants and possess up to one ounce of raw, smokeable flower.  

Over the next few years, cannabis was decriminalized and recriminalized a few times, and the state suffered a couple failed attempts a full legalization as well, in 2000 and 2004. By 2014, the frontier state was finally ready to make the leap and recreational cannabis was legalized, with 53.2% of voters in favor. Alaska was the third state to legalize cannabis, preceded by Washington and Colorado in 2012.  

Alaska’s constitution and the right to privacy 

Alaska is one of only a handful of states that guarantees residents a constitutional right to privacy; as vague as that may be. Other states with similar provisions include Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, and Washington. The United States Constitution does NOT have any such provision, but the US Supreme Court has ruled that some level of implicit privacy rights are provided by the first, third, fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments. And that’s even more vague.  

In Alaska, the first major judicial case to challenge the constitution’s privacy clause was none other than Ravin vs. State in 1975. In this milestone case, the Alaska Supreme Court found privacy in the home to be “of the highest importance and the most deserving of constitutional protection,” and it found the state’s case for regulating the personal use of small amounts of cannabis to be “less than compelling.” 

As expected, that ruling has been met with resistance over the years. As such, cannabis spent decades in a sort of quasi-legal limbo, with no one really knowing what’s permitted and what isn’t. Overall, the idea that constitutional rights protect the personal possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis in Alaska, has held strong in most supreme court cases.  

In general, Alaska’s constitutional protections are broader than what is offered by the federal constitution. Take for example, privacy in the context of searches and seizures, which by definition, violate one’s privacy to an extent. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state “could not use as evidence a recording, made without a warrant, of a conversation between the defendant and an informant who possessed a wireless transmitter,” although the US Supreme Court deemed these types of conversations as admissible evidence.  

What happened, why was cannabis recriminalized?  

As lax as Alaska’s cannabis laws have been, it’s no surprise that people began to abuse the personal use provisions in the state’s constitution. Remember that right to privacy laws are not absolute and can vary greatly based on if the current lawmakers believe cannabis to be a threat to public safety. If so, “privacy” protections can be overturned in certain scenarios. 

Throughout the 1980s, many arrests of largescale growers occurred throughout the state. In 1989, Alaska State Troopers made a notable bust in Matanuska Valley where they seized 3,000 plants that were part of four different grow ops in the county. A few months later, Wasilla was a location of interest, as troopers confiscated 2006 plants growing in a residence owned by then 45-year-old Thomas Wyatt. By the end of the year, a campaign to prohibit the use of cannabis began making rounds.  

In November of 1990, Measure 2, a voter initiative, passed, making it illegal to possess cannabis anywhere – on public or private property. If someone was caught with even a small amount, they were looking at up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines, although it was uncommon for such harsh sentences to be handed out.  

This decision has been challenged in court numerous times and cannabis has been recriminalized and re-decriminalized a handful of times over the last few decades. Look at the 2003 case, Noy vs. State. Similar to the 1975 case, David S. Noy was arrested and convicted by a jury of possessing less than 8 ounces of cannabis. But, because of Ravin’s case, the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned Noy’s conviction and dismantled the part of the law that criminalized personal use of cannabis on private property.  

In 2006, cannabis was again prohibited, this time via a measure pushed by then-Governor, Frank Murkowski. Murkowski made possession of under one ounce a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, and possession of one to four ounces a misdemeanor carrying a term of up to one year in jail. This was probably the strictest point in Alaska’s history, as far as cannabis legislation goes, and the law remained this way until recreational was legalized in 2014.  

What are the laws, currently?  

Today, Alaska is one of the more lenient states when it comes to cannabis regulation, even when compared to other fully legalized states. Alaska residents over 21 years of age can consume pot in their homes, possess it in their car or on their person, and grow up to six plants per residence. The maximum amount of raw flower you can have is one once. So, no more fear of getting pulled over for some frivolous nonsense and getting arrested.  

You still cannot toke in public. According to Cynthia Franklin, director of Alaska’s liquor control board, “People will not be legally lighting up out in the park tomorrow. Should someone feel compelled to celebrate the occasion in public, they’re looking at a $100 fine.” And that’s where they decided to keep the hundred-dollar fine that was instated decades ago.  

You also cannot smoke any pot within the state or national parks. Peter Christian, spokesman for the National Park Service, said that if you’re caught with weed on public lands, you could face a federal citation. Within Denali National Park and Preserve, Christian said there were no arrests made in 2020, but he did issue 14 verbal warnings.  

In 2018, the State of Alaska approved regulations to allow on-site consumption in properly licensed retail stores. They have yet to set up any “consumption lounges” as the law initially intended, but so far, one dispensary has got through the proper licensing channels to allow smoking on-site: Good Titrations. This dispensary is located in Fairbanks, and it has a lounge area with a coffee bar where you can purchase up to one gram of flower for immediate consumption.  

Final Thoughts on Cannabis in Alaska

Alaska may be the last frontier, but it was one of the first states in the country to legalize cannabis use. Because their state constitution is so much more all-encompassing than our federal one, I believe we could all stand to learn a thing or two from Alaska and their wild ride to full cannabis liberalization.

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// Maine’s adult-use marijuana launch delayed until further notice (Marijuana Business Daily)

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// Charlotte Figi, CBD pioneer and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ namesake, dies from COVID-19 (Leafly)

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// Expired Oregon ID? During coronavirus outbreak, you can still get booze says OLCC (KPIC 4 CBS)

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// Cannabis banking reform included in latest Congressional COVID relief bill (Leafly)

// Michigan’s adult-use marijuana industry made $91 million in sales so far (Detroit Metro Times)

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// Congress could save 10,000+ cannabis jobs with access to stimulus funds (Leafly)

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// Lawmakers In Virginia Capital Vote To End Marijuana Testing Of City Workers (Marijuana Moment)

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