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Recreational Marijuana Shop Opens In Rural Alaska Borough

March 26, 2017

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A rural Alaska borough near Anchorage is getting its first recreational marijuana shop.


Green Jar, the Mat-Su Borough's first recreational pot store, opened its doors near Wasilla on Saturday afternoon, reported KTUU-TV (click here for story).


It sits just outside the Wasilla city limits — the city council there voted to ban recreational marijuana last year.

Mat-Su voters rejected a similar proposition in October.


"It's been a really long process getting here," Green Jar owner Caleb Saunders said.

"But we've had a lot of support from the other stores and the community."


The first customers began to arrive at the store around noon, Saunders said.

By mid-afternoon, there was a line running out the door.


"The nerves started to fade away for me as I started seeing people coming into the store," Saunders said.

"I think the nervousness was just the unknown."


He said it could be a struggle to keep the shelves stocked, as it is for many marijuana stories in Alaska right now. The store has set a daily limit on the amount of marijuana it will sell.


"It took me a long time to find the little bit of product that I do have," Saunders said.

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