If anyone doubted Alaskans’ entrepreneurial spirit, that myth is being dispelled by the number of Alaskans rushing to get into the commercial marijuana business.


The State’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office recently released the applications for growing operations, testing facilities and retail stores.


In the first few weeks, there have been some 200 applications for marijuana businesses … and that’s just the start.


The list itself is impressive, but thanks to the nonprofit group Code for Anchorage, you can now use an online interactive map, and find grow and retail applications near you.



Map Courtesy of Brendan Babb


There are not many surprises so far. Testing and cultivation applications will be processed first and completed by early summer, with the first retail store applications approved in the fall.


That would explain why the map shows more cultivation applications than it does retail stores.


Applications have come in from as far south as Ketchikan and as far north as the village of Tanana, north of Fairbanks, according to the map.


It might come as no surprise that most of the cultivation applications are coming from the Valley … probably based on experience.


Experience … growing things. I mean.


There are 17 cultivation applications in the Valley so far, and only two retail store applications.


In Anchorage, it’s a bit of a different story with over a dozen retail store applications and slightly less grow applications.


And Alaskans are getting creative with the names of their business names. Many are trying to keep it Alaskan.


There is the Canna Cabin, The Great Alaskan Kush Company, and the Herbal Cache. The Herbal Cache in Girdwood seems to be a missed opportunity, you’d think the first entrepreneur would claim the town’s un-official name for their business.


After all, someone took advantage of the most obvious name and hopes to grow pot at Tok Heavenly Cannibis, conveniently located in Tok, Alaska.


Finally, many entrepreneurs adopted the word green in their names. There’s the Green Spot, Green Leaf, and Green Tundra — but again they missed the most obvious…


Can’t you imagine a retail store named Charlo’s Green?


Regardless how you feel about legalized marijuana in Alaska, there seems to be no stopping this new industry. And for those who aren’t into pot, there may still be a way to capitalize on the green revolution.


Anybody interested in opening an all-night bakery? I suggest we call it Munchies!


John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.


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