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Salon: In Alaska, boomers lead in pot store clientele

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 7
  • Published January 7

Jonathon Weseman shows a jar of DJ Short Flo marijuana buds in the cannabis store Enlighten Alaska on Spenard Road in Anchorage, Dec. 29, 2017.  (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Alaska marijuana store operators, interviewed recently for Salon, talked about how baby boomers have become a sizable percentage of their clientele.

"I think a lot of people come in that are now reaching retirement and could not consume during their career. What if they were testing or felt that it was something they shouldn't do?" Susan Carse co-owner of Girdwood's The Herbal Cache, told writer Zakiya McCummings (who is also currently features intern at the Anchorage Daily News). "Now they're retired, they want to live it up a little."

Will Ingram, general manager of AK Fireweed in Anchorage, agreed:

"…all I see are older professionals coming in…It's pretty much 80 percent of the clientele that we see. …It's legal now, lots of these people retiring, or they're just dealing with degenerative diseases. They know that cannabis can do a lot for that."

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