Sitka now has three licensed cultivation facilities and two other retailers. Business is going pretty well. In the first 14 months of legal cannabis sales in Alaska the industry statewide generated over $57 million in sales, and contributed over $5 million in taxes .
While the local government has been hammering out the rules for the marijuana industry, growers and retailers have been building their businesses -- literally from the ground up. KCAW’s Cameron Clark recently went behind the scenes to explore the highs and lows of Sitka’s cannabis trade.