Anchorage sees first retail pot store open Thursday
ANCHORAGE | An 81-year-old native of Italy became the first person to legally buy marijuana 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. Ms. 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.
While Arctic Herbery is Anchorage’s first legal retail store, others have opened in cities across the state. The first was Herbal Outfitters in Valdez, on Oct. 29.
Since then, fewer than 10 other stores
have opened across the state, but more are planned.
Alaskans in November 2014 approved the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older. State regulators have spent the time since setting up the new industry.