There’s no legal marijuana for sale in Fairbanks.
All three stores – Pakalolo Supply Co., Frozen Budz, and GoodSinse – have shut their doors as they wait for more cannabis to hit the wholesale market.
“We left Fairbanks dry,” said Destiny Neade, Frozen Budz co-owner.
Across Alaska, a shortage of commercial cannabis has caused stores to close temporarily or open only in short spurts as product becomes available and is quickly bought up.
In Fairbanks, Frozen Budz has been closed for about a month, and will likely stay shut until the end of January, Neade said.
GoodSinse opened on Dec. 11 and closed Dec. 30 after the store ran out of product, co-owner Daniel Peters said Tuesday. And Pakalolo is waiting until its own harvest is ready, likely mid-January, co-owner Keenan Hollister said.
The issue is simple supply and demand, Hollister said — like the state of Washington, which also faced shortages during the start of its recreational industry.
There hasn’t been enough cannabis harvest to cover the state’s retailers, Hollister said. Eleven are operating across Alaska.