Marijuana Control Board denies Homer cultivator

Feb 1, 2018

Marijuana.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Marijuana Control Board unanimously denied a Homer-based marijuana cultivation facility’s application last week. The business, Alaska Loven It, was nearly ready to open its doors, but the Homer City Council and the control board both denied the application.

Owners Janiese Stevens and Dan Coglianese were found growing about 24 plants weeks ahead being officially approved. The control board received an anonymous tip earlier this month about the odor from the plants, and it asked the Homer Police Department to investigate.

State law allows Alaskans to grow up to six plants per adult for personal use, well under the number of plants found in the building off Kachemak Drive. In a memo by Homer Police Chief Mark Robl to the city council, Coglianese was said to have been under the impression that he could grow the plants prior to his cultivation operation being approved.

Prior to last week’s control board meeting, Director Erika McConnell suggested that the board deny the application during its meeting on Jan. 24 through the 26, noting that growing the plants was a “blatant violation” of state law.

The Homer City Council already objected to the business at its meeting on Jan. 22. McConnell later told KBBI via email that Coglianese is welcome to apply again.

When called for comment, Coglianese hung up the phone.