Alaska’s rural pot market could be grounded before it even takes off; Jana Weltzin discusses federal regulations

by Laurel Andrews in Alaska Dispatch News

On the western coast of Alaska, more than 500 miles northwest of Anchorage, Robin Thomas hopes to start the first legal commercial marijuana grow in the famed gold rush city of Nome.

A fisherman by trade, Thomas is looking for a “retirement job” that is less dangerous and less physically demanding than crabbing. He wants something a little easier, something that offers year-round employment.

Enter marijuana.

Thomas has been waiting for legalization for decades. “It finally happened,” he said.

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