Marijuana milestone: Alaska’s first pot shop opens to the public in Valdez

Marijuana milestone: Alaska’s first pot shop opens to the public in Valdez

Nearly two years after Alaskans voted to legalize commercial cannabis, the first retail marijuana store opened to the public Saturday.

Herbal Outfitters opened its doors at noon, on a rainy day in this coastal community.

“I’ve been waiting 46 years for this to open!” said Michael Holcombe, 63, a Valdez resident.

Holcombe was the store’s first customer, surrounded by media, while the rest of the customers waited outside. He perused the 10 strains available, smelling the buds and asking about products on the shelves.

Marijuana milestone: Alaska’s first pot shop opens to the public in Valdez



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