Alaska’s First Marijuana Store Could Open This Week

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Two Kenai Peninsula growers wasted no time delivering their product to the state’s first cannabis testing facility when it opened its doors at 8 a.m. Monday in Anchorage, one of the final steps before Alaskans can legally purchase marijuana.

Leif Abel, co-owner of Greatland Ganja, walked into CannTest LLC right after the testing lab opened; he’d gotten up at 4 a.m. to make the drive from his Kasilof facility to Anchorage.

Abel pulled out 10 white containers, labeled and sealed with tamper-proof tape, from a plastic bag within a latched carrying case. In each container was a 4-gram sample of different cannabis strains from his first outdoor harvest.

CannTest CEO Mark Malagodi checked the containers and labels.

“This all looks good,” he said.

CannTest is the first licensed marijuana testing facility in Alaska, and its opening Monday sets the rest of the marijuana industry in motion.

At its most basic level, Alaska’s commercial cannabis industry consists of four parts: cultivators who grow the marijuana, testing facilities that evaluate the cannabis, manufacturers that create concentrates and edibles, and retailers who buy cannabis products from growers and manufacturers to sell to the public.

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