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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    The first store offering retail marijuana sales in Alaska is set to open Saturday nearly two years after voters approved recreational pot use in the state.

    Herbal Outfitters is opening in Valdez at what the store operators are calling “high noon,” marking the first time it is legal to buy marijuana under the voter initiative, which passed in November 2014. Under the measure, people 21 and older are allowed to recreationally use pot and possess up to an ounce of it outside of a home.

    Derek Morris, the store’s general manager, told the Associated Press that the store will initially sell just dried cannabis flowers, as manufacturers of edibles and concentrates are in various stages of the permitting process.

    Morris said several people from around Alaska are expected to travel to the store for the grand opening.

    By Mahita Gajanan - Time/Oct. 29, 2016
    Photo: Getty
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. ianzombie
    I bet it is a little bit more popular than that :)
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Hell, yeah. And I'm betting, before the start of yet another long and frigid winter, you're more than right in your assumption, Mr. Zombie. ;) I suspect people will be dog-sledding and snow shushing their way there from all ends of the state![IMGR=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=52949&stc=1&d=1477843353[/IMGR]
  3. CaptainTripps
    It sure is different just walking down the street and legally buying buds.:cool: In some ways what is amazing is just how normal it has become. Partially due to the fact Washington has a long history with medical marijuana dispensaries I suppose. Or maybe it is I live in the Seattle area and it is a pretty hip and tolerant place to live.

    I just asked Siri to see what she would say to : Cannabis stores within two miles of here", I got 12 responses. Two of these stores are 0.3 miles away.

    I am glad to see that something finally opened in Alaska as I am sure that things will go smoothly there as well. Alaska is a conservative state, but it is also a libertarian state, with the longest history of legal marijuana in America. For those who don't know it, the Alaska Supreme Court legalized the in home possession of marijuana back in the 1970's, under the Alaska State Constitutions right to privacy.

    We will know soon how the votes goes in the five states that have recreational MJ bills on the ballot. If they all go green, which is actually possible, then 25% of the American population will live in freedom. Unless of course the next president decides to reject the "Obama Doctrine" of allowing states to do their own thing. Hillary Clinton has said she is in favor of allowing state "experiments" to continue. Donald Trump has said that he thinks it is a states rights issue. But that is not the same thing. He has also said that the laws on the books need to be enforced. So you could say that Hillary supports allowing states to legalize in practice and Donald supports it in theory. Neither candidates supports national legalization. Both also think states are making a mistake legalizing.

    But if all five vote to legalize it is hard to imagine either of them are going to kiss the millennial vote good bye by sending in the DEA thugs. The group that still supports prohibition is going to be extinct in 10 to 15 years.

    This election is critical, not just in the five states, but for president as well.
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