Even without marijuana for sale, Anchorage's first retail pot shop opens its doors

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Although no retail cannabis has been approved for store shelves in Alaska, Anchorage's first marijuana shop opened its doors on Thursday.

Arctic Herbery is currently only stocked with a variety of pipes, rolling papers and bongs, but customers said even without cannabis for sale, they’re still leaving satisfied. That’s because the owner is giving away “free samples” of product to customers 21 years and older.

Owner Bryant Thorp said because he’s not officially using an operating marijuana license yet, he’s allowed to give away free marijuana.

“When you hand someone a joint or a nug, they kind of get excited about it,” said Thorp.

Thorp said there’s been near-constant construction inside and out of his business since it became the first marijuana store to be approved to operate in Anchorage.

Although his storefront on Arctic Boulevard is easy to miss, a small ‘open’ sign on the front is already attracting...

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