Last January, Jana Weltzin, Esq. an Arizona-based attorney who specializes in cannabis regulatory law, predicted Alaska would experience the “same amazing spirit of economic excitement” that Arizona was experiencing. It appears as if Jana Weltzin’s prediction is coming to fruition.
Last February, thanks to a voter initiative passed in November 2014, possession, cultivation, and consumption of cannabis became legal. And, on November 20, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) voted to allow patrons to consume cannabis at retail stores. If approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, it would make Alaska the first state in the country to allow consumption outside of “private spaces”. This is good news for Jana as she prepares to make a move back to her home state of Alaska.
Jana embodies the entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit of Alaska. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Jana plans to start her own firm in Alaska to represent cannabis entrepreneurs. Ambitious and visionary, Weltzin’s goal is to be known as a dream-maker who helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a reality: “Far too often we get stuck in the cycle of talking about what we want to do, could have done, or should’ve pursued – I never want my clients to feel like their dreams are just that dreams.” Weltzin continues, “I will be known as the lawyer and business advisor that not only helps create the vision but is also the driving force to execute the plan to make the vision a reality.”
Jana is well respected in the industry and takes pride helping clients: “My greatest milestone is being trusted by the ambitious, intelligent, and creative individuals I am lucky enough to call my clients. The fact that they picked me to help turn their dream into their life is an honor beyond words.”
Ms. Weltzin has worked with a diverse group of clients, from “the buttoned-up hedge fund manager who flew his private jet from New York City, mothers of children with chronic, painful diseases, to medical development companies wanting to test to see if they might come up with the newest cure.” Having experience in Native American tribal law, Ms. Weltzin also plans to work with tribal governments to help them realize economic benefits associated with legal cannabis and provide opportunities to their communities.
Ms. Weltzin believes Alaska has long been a state filled with “American dreamers” whose entrepreneurial enthusiasm will provide numerous opportunities. Likewise, she’s hopeful that Alaska’s regulatory framework will be one of the best in the nation.
As Alaska ushers in a new era of cannabis legalization, Ms. Weltzin appears well-poised to make a significant impact on the state. Jana believes Alaska’s approach represents the entrepreneurial spirit of America and is excited to be a part of the Alaska “Green Rush”.
As the principle of Ms. Weltzin’s new firm, JDW, LLC, Jana will provide business advisory services and legal representation to recreational and medical cannabis companies and ancillary service companies. Her focus will be on business structure, transactions, strategic real estate acquisition, development, land use and zoning, use permits, and securing licenses to operate.
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