Anchorage Assembly approves Girdwood's first pot shop

Girdwood's first pot shop license got the go-ahead from the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday night. 

Herbal Cache, owned by Ronda Lambert, is set to open at 158 Holmgren Place in Girdwood, a building also occupied by a laundromat and a hair salon.

Three other marijuana licenses gained Assembly approval Tuesday night:

* Dankorage, a pot shop located at 2812 Spenard Road. Applicant: Lily Bosshart.

* Raspberry Roots, a pot shop located at 501 Raspberry Road in Anchorage. Applicant: Kimberley Cole.

* Einstein Labs, a manufacturing facility located at 2939 Porcupine Drive. Applicant: Justin Roland.

The Assembly postponed a decision Tuesday on whether to take disciplinary action against another Anchorage pot business, Arctic Herbery. Last month, the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office hit the business with two violation notices after a television station reported that the owner, Bryant Thorp, was giving away free pot samples. Thorp has said the report of the incident was exaggerated.

The state recently decided there wasn't enough evidence to take disciplinary action against Thorp. But city attorney Bill Falsey said the city is still gathering information about Thorp.

The Assembly is set to revisit the issue at its Dec. 6 meeting.

Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly was an ADN staff reporter.