Anchorage Assembly suspends cultivation license of Alaska Sense LLC

Published: Sep. 25, 2018 at 9:14 PM AKDT
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In an 8-3 vote, the Anchorage Assembly voted in favor of an amended resolution to suspend for 30 days the cultivation license of Alaska Sense LLC, which operates the marijuana cultivation facility and retail store Cannabaska.

Cannabaska's retail license was unaffected by the vote, and the retail store remains open for business.

Tuesday's assembly vote stems from a Marijuana Control Board complaint filed in July over the alleged failure of the business to render waste from marijuana cultivation unusable, leading to detectable marijuana odors.

The Marijuana Control Board revoked the handler's permit of Alaska Sense LLC owner Smadi Warden in July, only to reinstate it in a 4-1 decision a week later.

Speaking to Channel 2 Tuesday evening after the assembly vote, Warden expressed disappointment with the decision.

"I'm just trying to run a business," Warden said, dismayed by the controversy that's followed her business since the original complaint. "I just wanted an opportunity to follow my dream."

Anchorage Assembly members declined to elaborate on the decision, citing a two-week long legal review period.