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Anchorage pot shop gets a call from state officials on opening day

By Shannon Ballard Photojournalist: Ken Kulovany - 5:18 PM December 8, 2016

Last Updated at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9

Anchorage’s first marijuana retailer hit a bit of a snag minutes after opening Friday.

Butch Tilmer was the first customer to purchase six clone plants from Arctic Herbery. Then the state called the store and asked owner Bryant Thorp to hold off additional sales.

After a lengthy conversation with state officials, Thorp says he was given permission to continue selling the young plants.

He plans to be selling several strains of marijuana next week.

Butch Tilmer was the first customer in line at Arctic Herbery Friday. Photo by Lauren Maxwell / KTVA

Butch Tilmer was the first customer in line at Arctic Herbery Friday. Photo by Lauren Maxwell / KTVA

Butch Tilmer with his 6 clone marijuana plants. Photo by Lauren Maxwell / KTVA.

Butch Tilmer with his 6 clone marijuana plants. Photo by Lauren Maxwell / KTVA.



Original Story:

Ever since marijuana was legalized in Alaska, Arctic Herbery owner Bryant Thorp has said he wanted his pot shop to be the first to open in Anchorage.

Now, after years of preparation, he’s confident it’s going to happen.

Thorp told KTVA on Tuesday that he finally has all the required licenses in hand.

“They gave me the blessing. They told me I can go,” Thorp said.

The former real estate agent is planning a grand opening at Arctic Herbery sometime next week.

But, starting Friday at noon, Thorp says he’ll be selling a product that other stores in the state don’t have. They’re called clones, or young marijuana plants.

“These are the strain Northern Lights and they take a couple weeks to get to this point,” Thorp said Thursday.

State law says people can grow their own plants at home and Thorp wants to help them get started.

“I’ve talked to friends of mine at the garden store and they say every day people come in asking, where can I get clones,” Thorp said. “I figure I’ll fill a need with it. I don’t know the full demand but I keep hearing that people want them.”

A package of three female clones will cost customers $70.

When Arctic Herbery officially opens next week, Thorp says the store will also have several strains of bud from Black Rapids, a marijuana cultivation facility in North Pole.

KTVA 11’s Shannon Ballard can be reached via email or on Facebook and Twitter

Correction: In an update to this story, KTVA incorrectly stated the shop is first marijuana business in Anchorage. This story has been amended. 

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