Elsewhere: Fairbanks, Alaska, ran out of legal weed

The obvious question this raises is whether Denver is better at doing business or Fairbanks is better at smoking weed.

Trimmed marijuana at Verde Natural's grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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All three dispensaries in Fairbanks, Alaska (where they just call them “stores” for some weird reason), have closed because they ran out of marijuana.

The obvious question this raises is whether Denver is better at doing business or Fairbanks is better at smoking weed.

And the answer, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, is that Denver is better at doing business.

The 26 cultivators in the state came online at different times and their harvests weren’t all ready for the opening of marijuana stores late last year.

“You can’t rush a plant,” one store owner said sagely.

And then what supply there was got bogarted by the larger market in Anchorage, leading to shortages in many other parts of the state.

Alaska voters approved recreational marijuana in 2014, but there was a long delay in setting up the regulatory regime for commercial sales. The first store opened in October.

Erica Meltzer

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