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First Full-Scale Cultivation Site Inspected and Approved in Juneau, Alaska

Rainforest Farms has received certification to begin cannabis cultivation at their Juneau, Alaska site following a successful inspection by the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, according to a Juneau Empire report. The company is the first to be certified in the state capital for full-scale production following its cultivation license approval in June.

The Marijuana Control Board expects to approve the first retail licenses in September, but Rainforest Farms does not expect their first crop to be ready for distribution until mid-October. They are growing 55 varieties, with plans to offer as many as 30 at a time at their retail location. Currently, they are not planning on offering any edible options, noting that their products will be based on consumer demand.

“It’s still experimental,” Gionno Barret, one of the three brothers who own Rainforest Farms, said in the report. “We’re trying to get the consumer to figure out what they want and develop a palate. It’s a trial and error process, but it’s a fun process.”

Other cultivation companies have been granted licenses but have not been certified by the state to start full-scale production.

According to draft regulations, the MCB is considering allowing on-site consumption at retail marijuana stores, but they have not yet approved the plan.

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