Marijuana

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

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.

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.

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.

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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.  

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Cannabis Advisory Committee recommended that the city open up the Homer Spit to commercial cannabis Thursday. It also wants the city to prohibit smoking at marijuana establishments if the state approves on-site consumption later this fall.

Both recommendations unanimously passed the committee, and each will be forwarded onto the Homer City Council.

Committee member David Lewis, who also sits on the council, said he would rather the committee hold its recommendation opening up the spit to commercial marijuana until a retail business sets up shop.

Courtesy of Keep Cannabis Legal

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry.

Keep Cannabis Legal gave a presentation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Board Friday. The ballot initiative group is traveling around the peninsula to push back against Ballot Proposition 1.

Courtesy Alcohol & Marijuana Control Board

The chair of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board is gathering signatures to have Kenai Peninsula Borough vote on outlawing commercial cannabis operations in areas of the borough outside cities. That isn’t sitting well with members of cannabis industry on the peninsula.

Cannabis Club Searching for New Space

Apr 18, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Kachemak Cannabis Club in Homer closed its doors at the end of February because its landlord asked the club to leave. Though, KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports the club’s leaders plan to reopen in a new location as soon as possible.


Assembly Member Criticized for ISIS Reference

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member, Stan Welles, infuriated borough residents after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper arguing the irrelevance of marijuana revenue in the face of its social costs. Residents turned out at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting to tell Welles their thoughts on the letter’s closing, which they say, compares people involved in the marijuana industry to Islamic State terrorists.


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