In the Media
Welcome to the JDW Counsel media room, a place for me to showcase all my media coverage and happenings. In addition to being a practicing Lawyer, I also provide legal commentary, speak at public engagements and events, and contribute advice to critical judicial issues, some of which is accessible in the articles and features below.
Keeping Cannabis Compliant
The legalization of marijuana in the United States has been a long and arduous process, but thanks to medical research and the benefits it can have for certain individuals, it has recently become more widely accepted in some states. One of those is Alaska, where Jana Weltzin has been recognized for her work with the title of Leading Marijuana Compliance and Regulatory Attorney of the Year, Alaska. Proficient in the arenas of cannabis business and regulatory law, we find out how this fearless leader has set the standard for excellence.
Alaska Cannabis Industry Engages in Government Lobbying
Feburary 25, 2020
Alaska marijuana businesses have joined other state industries such as oil and fishing in working to influence how their sector is regulated.
Cultivators still seeking changes to cannabis excise tax
July 17, 2019
Questions continue to bubble up about potential changes to state cannabis taxes to keep the current structure from hampering business in the future.
Alaska voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2014, but it took about 18 months for the first cultivators to be licensed and open their doors. When they did, they began paying into the cultivation tax that Alaska assesses on commercially grown marijuana.
The Rolling Stone Guide to Legal Pot: Alaska
April 26, 2018
Alaska was the third state to legalize, but a slow legal process – and the state’s rugged terrain – mean the industry is only now coming into its own.
Boulder on the inside: a pot lawyer grows up fast
January 24, 2017
It’s a tricky time for commercial cannabis in Alaska. Stores around the state are beginning to open, but without enough product available to keep shelves stocked for more than a few hours. The state’s largest market, Anchorage, is seeing delays for businesses because of complicated zoning regulations. And there are concerns that a Justice Department under Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) may reverse tolerant federal guidelines that have let state’s develop marijuana industries.
At the center of all this is an emerging legal niche: pot lawyers.
Changes set in motion for Alaska’s cannabis industry
September 21, 2017
The July 2017 Alaska Marijuana Control Board meeting held in Fairbanks was an extended three-day long meeting. Industry participants came from across the state to attend.
Alaska: One step forward, two steps back
December 27, 2016
Alaska’s adult use marijuana program is moving along slowly, carefully and with the expected amount of drama and setbacks. Over the four years I’ve been involved in the commercial marijuana industry, one theme has remained constant in every state: the cannabis movement always takes one step forward and two steps back.
Alaska grants licenses, but not without controversy
August 30, 2016
The Last Frontier’s cannabis industry is chugging right along. On June 10, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board made history by approving the state’s first commercial marijuana business licenses.
Cannabis industry getting ‘hit with the RICO’
December 18, 2015
An alarming trend of private citizens filing RICO claims targeting business owners, state public servants, accountants and landlords has emerged within the cannabis industry.