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Watch: Alaska's first commercial cannabis sale

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: October 28, 2016
  • Published October 28, 2016

Alaska saw its first commercial marijuana sale Friday evening in the Interior city of Fairbanks.

Pakalolo Supply Co. posted the sale in a Facebook Live video. Co-owner Keenan Hollister is seen ringing up the product as a photographer takes pictures. Hollister checks the person's identification before handing over the bud.

"Twenty-one dollars, please," Hollister says. People in the room clap after the sale is made.

Mike Pokrivnak, left, and co-owner of Pakalolo Supply Co. Keenan Hollister pose after Pokrivnak makes the first legal cannabis purchase in Alaska. (Pakalolo Supply Co.)

"It was purely ceremonial, we didn't open up to the public," Hollister said when reached by phone later Friday. The company had invited a friend to the shop to make the first sale and he had purchased the strain Northern Lights.

Pakalolo passed its final state inspection early Friday and got its first cannabis testing results back Friday afternoon.

"It really all just fell into place," Hollister said.

Pakalolo will officially open on Wednesday, Hollister said.

The sale is another step forward for Alaska's cannabis industry. On Monday, the state's first testing facility, CannTest LLC, opened its doors. That set the gears turning for both commercial growers, who were waiting to get their cannabis tested, and retailers, who needed marijuana to sell.

On Saturday, Herbal Outfitters in Valdez will open its doors to the public, the first retailer to officially be open and selling marijuana in Alaska.

Pakalolo Supply Co.’s retail license, secured Friday, along with the first receipt and some bud grown in the company’s cultivation facility (Pakalolo Supply Co.)
 

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