Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A backlog is growing in the number of applications for marijuana related businesses in the state.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that it is taking longer for permits to be issued with some businesses waiting as long as two years. The Marijuana Control Office reported 467 applications for business licenses are being processed and another 46 establishments are ready for inspection.
There are 205 marijuana businesses in Alaska that are licensed.
One solution for speeding up the process is longer Marijuana Control Board meetings. Raising application fees is seen as one way to pay for more staff that could process the applications quicker.
The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association and the Marijuana Control Board requested more state funding from the Legislature for the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, but the request was denied, Emmett said.
Other issues in the industry include more marijuana regulations. The Board is looking at an on site consumption policy. Business owners also report more competition is likely to cut into profit margins.
State tax records show an increase in the amount of marijuana being bought and sold every month.