Marijuana

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer’s first marijuana retail shop is set to open Thursday. Uncle Herb’s was approved by the state Marijuana Control Board back in September, and the shop will open its doors just in time for the busy summer season.

Store manager Aaron Stiassny will run the shop in Homer for his father Loyd. Stiassny currently manages the family’s shop in Anchorage under the same name.

The display cases in Homer were empty Wednesday evening, but Stiassny said the shop will be stocked and ready to go.

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The Homer City Council voted down an ordinance that would allow commercial marijuana facilities to operate on private property on the Homer Spit.

Council member Heath Smith strongly opposed the measure. He worried whether allowing marijuana retailers on the spit would lead to tourists consuming marijuana publicly.  

“No, we're not going to stop anyone from using it,” Smith said. “But we can sure as heck send a message that we're not going to be complicit in the illegal use of it in certain areas of our town.”

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An ordinance to allow the commercial marijuana industry to take root on the Homer Spit was introduced Monday by the Homer City Council.

The Cannabis Advisory Commission recommended that the council approve opening the spit to the industry late last summer and both the Advisory Planning and Port and Harbor Advisory commissions approved that recommendation before it made its way to the council.

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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.

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The City of Homer may have its first marijuana cultivation facility next December. Dan Coglianese and Janiese Stevens, owners of Alaska Loven It, applied for a standard marijuana cultivation license to operate out of a 5,000 square foot building on Kachemak Drive.

Coglianese said they’re aiming to offer better quality cannabis than other facilities by testing out their product out before selling it.

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A recommendation to open the Homer Spit to the commercial marijuana industry passed through the Port & Harbor Advisory Commission Wednesday.

The Cannabis Advisory Committee pushed the recommendation to the harbor commission and the Advisory Planning Commission back in August, but the Homer City Council will have the final say on the matter.

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The Southern Kenai Peninsula’s first retail marijuana shop is one step closer to opening its doors. The Homer City Council approved a memorandum voicing its non-objection to Uncle Herb’s setting up shop on Ocean Drive, a formal step taken after the state Marijuana Control Board approved the retail store earlier this month.

Owner Loyd Stiassny expressed his gratitude to the council at the end of the meeting. Stiassny has already opened another retail shop in Anchorage under the same name.

Homer pot shop approved by Marijuana Control Board

Sep 15, 2017
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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.

Alder Seaman

Proposition 1, if passed, will ban all marijuana sales, cultivation, paraphernalia sales and testing in borough areas outside of incorporated cities. Leif Abel,  Doug Anderson and Amy Jackman, representatives of 
Keep Cannabis Legal, a group formed to oppose Prop 1, are the guests on this week's Coffee Table.

Homer may see its first marijuana retail shop this fall

Sep 6, 2017
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Homer is on track to see its first marijuana dispensary open for business this fall. Uncle Herb’s, a licensed retailer with a location in Anchorage, hopes to open a second location in Homer along Ocean Drive.

“We’re going to do everything we can to be a model facility,” says Owner Lloyd Siassny.

The Homer location is about 600 square feet, but the retail space will only occupy a small portion of the building.

“We have lots of room to expand. If the business does well, we will,” Stiassny explained.  

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