An­chor­age sees first re­tail pot store open Thurs­day

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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.

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