Alaska’s budding legal marijuana industry has an eye on Northeast Anchorage.
At Monday’s Mountain View Community Council meeting, “hopeful business owners” outnumbered residents two to one. Two companies have already filed applications to grow and sell marijuana in the neighborhood, according to the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.
Justin Roland, an owner of Dream Green Farms, said he and his partners are seeking a license for a leased location off Porcupine Drive. The cultivation and manufacturing operation would employ around 10 people, he said. There would be no direct retail. To answer questions and hear from community members, the company plans on hosting a neighborhood meeting at the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club April 5 at 7 p.m.
A company called Wolverine LLC., owned by brothers Uwe and Ralf Kalenka, has applied for a retail license at an address at the corner of Taylor Street and Mountain View Drive. The Mountain View Plaza, owned by the Kalenka Trust, is currently home to a family dental practice, an ice cream company, Ralf Kalenka’s sports bar, a Thai grocery story, a tattoo studio and another prospective pot shop that has yet to file a license application.
Sara Williams said she and her partner also have big plans for Mountain View. While their company, Midnight Greenery, hopes to set up shop in the area, Williams said it has yet to finalize a lease or submit a license application.