Alaska’s first commercial cannabis harvests are officially underway.
At Greatland Ganja in the Kenai Peninsula, workers are busy processing the 10 different strains that grew through the summer months. The company is hoping for around 100 pounds of dried marijuana in total from this first crop.
“We've got probably over half our crop already dried and partly cured," Leif Abel told Alaska Dispatch News.
While Greatland Ganja has been talking with retailers for around a year now, Abel added that “this process means nothing to anybody until the labs are open.” Every batch of marijuana must be tested by a state-licensed testing facility and none are open yet. There are currently two labs both in Anchorage – CannTest and AK Green Labs – set to be completed this fall.
In Fairbanks, Rosie Creek Farm (the second grow to be licensed in Alaska in July) is also completing its first harvest. There are currently 12 commercial facilities in operation across the state, all of which are either in the midst of harvesting or are preparing to harvest in coming months.