Homer pot shop approved by Marijuana Control Board

Sep 15, 2017

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new marijuana retail store is on track to open in Homer this fall. Uncle Herb’s, which would be located along Ocean Drive, had its license approved by the Marijuana Control Board Friday.  Owner Lloyd Stiassny is happy to be at this stage of the process,

“Very excited, I’m looking forward to moving forward, working with the city and community of Homer.  I think it’s an excellent opportunity for economic growth,” he said.

Now the real work can begin regarding the actual facility. Stiassny is ready to remodel the building, preparing for further review from the state such as a fire marshal inspection. Lloyd is confident Uncle Herb’s will open later this year

“Once we’re ready to open our doors, [we’re] looking to do that sometime late fall,” he explained.

Stiassny says the facility is about 600 square feet, but the retail space will only occupy a small portion. However, he is capable of expanding if the business does well. 

As far as what products customers can expect, Lloyd does not have any specific items in mind but, he says he will sell whatever meets local demand. 

While things are looking up for the few businesses located within incorporated communities on the peninsula, most of the cannabis industry is facing Proposition 1 on the ballot this October.

Proposition 1 would eliminate any commercial cannabis operations outside of the boundaries of Homer, Kenai, Seward and other incorporated communities.  Only one operation in Kenai is currently within city limits.