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an­chor­age, alaska» An 81year-old na­tive of Italy be­came the first per­son to buy mar­i­juana legally in Alaska’s largest city.

Anna Er­coli was first in line Thurs­day morn­ing, hours be­fore Arc­tic Her­bery opened its doors in An­chor­age to great fan­fare.

The 45-year res­i­dent of An­chor­age says she used mar­i­juana for medic­i­nal pur­poses. Er­coli says she rubs the mar­i­juana ex­tract on her skin, and it af­fords her a bet­ter night of sleep than anti-pain or sleep­ing pills.

Also in line was 31-year-old Don­a­van Brown, who called the open­ing of An­chor­age’s first re­tail pot store “pretty ex­cit­ing.” He has friends headed to An­chor­age for the hol­i­days, and he says they are “go­ing to have a great taco night.”

Fewer than 10 stores have opened across the state. The first was Herbal Out­fit­ters in Valdez. AP

Mark Thiessen, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Owner Bryant Thorp steps out of his busi­ness at the open­ing of Arc­tic Her­bery, the first le­gal mar­i­juana re­tail store to open in An­chor­age, Alaska.

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