Ketchikan’s first marijuana retail store could open as early as this coming Friday, if a Thursday inspection goes well. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry went by the Stoney Moose on Stedman Street to see the progress last week, and talk with the business owners.
“Watch your step because it’s still an active construction site, but if you come back you’ll see how close we’re getting,” said Mark Woodward as leads the way down a boardwalk alley to the main entrance of what will be the Stoney Moose retail marijuana store and – eventually, maybe, he hopes soon –cannabis café.
That café would allow patrons – with a focus on summertime cruise visitors – to purchase marijuana and smoke it right there at the business before heading out for other experiences. The state Marijuana Control Board has declined so far to approve regulations allowing on-site consumption, but Woodward remains optimistic.
“Eventually, we think that those are going to go through and get approved, hopefully by June, maybe even sooner than that,” he said. “I think (the delay) gives them a chance to really look at exactly what they want. I think Eric and I have the best plans for on-site right now, because we consider everything. We have plans for circulating employees… we’ve already bought our air-handling system, so that’s ready to go. But, we’re pushing pause on all that because we want to get our store opened up, our retail store. So, we’ll go back this way.”
We were out on the back deck, with a view of Ketchikan creek and the occasional river otter scurrying up a rocky bank. We stroll back to