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.

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Keeping Cannabis Compliant

July 2020

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.

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An Interview with Alaska Cannabis Lawyer Jana Weltzin

June 2020

Not much goes on in the cannabis industry in Alaska that cannabis attorney Jana Weltzin doesn’t know about.


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.

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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.

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Marijuana Venture Magazine 
Top 40 under 40

May 23, 2017

When Alaska legalized recreational cannabis in 2014, Jana Weltzin felt the call to return home.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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