Harvest season includes first full cannabis crop in Alaska

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It's high time to pick that pot

September is harvest season in Alaska and the fields are getting a haircut, while farmers’ markets in Southcentral are teeming with carrots and kale, potatoes and leeks, and a variety of other vegetables such as mizuna, snow apples, and daikon radish.

But for the first time, there’s a big new crop: Cannabis. Its harvest is well under way. By Sept. 21, the air is just too cold in most parts of Alaska — and the ground too — to do the plants any good. The end of the season for sativa plants has arrived.

With as many as 50 licensed commercial cannabis growers around the state working the short-but-intense Alaska growing season, the fall of 2017 will be the first year when a flush of legally grown Alaska marijuana is harvested.

Proposition 2 passed with the voters in 2015, allowing the growing and selling of marijuana. But that led to a long...

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