“This isn’t it,” said Roger J. Cobb, looking at a marijuana bud between his fingertips.
Cobb was standing in the rain outside of a Big Lake apartment building, where he’d just been given some marijuana to identify. The question before him: Was this the legendary Alaska cannabis strain Matanuska Thunder F—?
“Hard to tell,” he said, eyeing it closely. “That don’t look like it though.”
It smelled too sweet, he said. It was too green.
Cobb is a longtime medical marijuana user who first experienced what he was told was Matanuska Thunder F— (also known as MTF) back in 1989. He was at Liard Hot Springs in Canada’s British Columbia when he was handed a joint.
“I took three puffs and walked right into a telephone pole,” he chuckled.
Cobb later sold marijuana when he first arrived in Alaska. He described walking into a large room full of plants — all MTF, he said. His source would be caught in a marijuana bust.
Now that commercial marijuana is legal, Cobb has been enlisted to help identify the strain by Big Lake resident and medical grower Ron Bass, who is hoping it will give him an edge in Alaska’s commercial cannabis market.