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Supply Shortages Hit Alaska’s Cannabis Retail Shops

All three retail cannabis shops in Fairbanks, Alaska have been forced to temporarily close over the last three months due to lack of product, according to KFXF7 report.

Pakalolo Supply Company, a cultivator and retailer which opened last Halloween, had to close their doors during the holiday season due to high demand paired with growers selling their supply to other cannabis shops in southern parts of the state. Pakalolo Co-Vice President Keenan Hollister said that the cannabis grown for retail sale by the company is not enough to meet customer demand and that it will take time for growers to catch up with the market demand.

Due to the shortage, Pakalolo will have limited operating hours through this month.

According to an Alaska Dispatch News report, Frozen Budz, also in Fairbanks, has been closed for about a month and will remain closed through January. GoodSinse was only open for 19 days – opening their doors on Dec. 11 and being forced to close on Dec. 30.

Herbal Outfitters in Valdez is one of the few that has not been affected by the drought. General Manager Derek Morris indicated the shop still has “dozens of pounds” because of their location in a city with a smaller population and owners had negotiated its purchases for months prior to opening.

Leif Abel, co-owner of Greatland Ganja, a Kenai Peninsula-based cultivator, said that retailers are being put on waitlists and that some companies are offering to prepay for the company’s crop for the next year.

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