Alaska marijuana sales close, pending opening of test labs

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  • FILE  - In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, store owner Caleb Saunders answers questions in front of his shop, Green Jar in Wasilla, Alaska. Saunders hopes to sell marijuana from the shop and opposes a ballot measure that would ban sales, cultivation, testing of marijuana in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Alaska's fastest-growing municipality will decide Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, whether to ban commercial marijuana enterprises. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, store owner Caleb Saunders answers questions in front of his shop, Green Jar in Wasilla, Alaska. Saunders hopes to sell marijuana from the shop and opposes a ballot measure that would ban sales, ... cultivation, testing of marijuana in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Alaska's fastest-growing municipality will decide Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, whether to ban commercial marijuana enterprises. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, former Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss tours his farm in Palmer, Alaska. DeVilbiss was instrumental in placing a ballot measure before borough voters that would ban commercial marijuana enterprises. Voters in both the city of North Pole and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are deciding Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, whether to allow marijuana businesses. The state approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2014. The measure approved statewide allowed municipalities to opt out, and that's what this vote is about today. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, former Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss tours his farm in Palmer, Alaska. DeVilbiss was instrumental in placing a ballot measure before borough voters that would ban commercial ... marijuana enterprises. Voters in both the city of North Pole and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are deciding Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, whether to allow marijuana businesses. The state approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2014. The measure approved statewide allowed municipalities to opt out, and that's what this vote is about today. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File) (The Associated Press)

  • Bryant Thorp poses with plans for his marijuana retail store, Arctic Herbery, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. His store was the first to receive approval from the Anchorage Assembly, and he anticipates being open around Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

    Bryant Thorp poses with plans for his marijuana retail store, Arctic Herbery, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. His store was the first to receive approval from the Anchorage Assembly, and he anticipates being open around Nov. 1, 2016.... (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) (The Associated Press)

Stores in Alaska are nearly ready to sell marijuana. This comes nearly two years after voters approved recreational pot use for adults.

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The biggest hang-up is waiting for labs to open to test the marijuana before it can be cleared for sale.

Alaska has approved two labs, both in Anchorage. One called CannTest is expected to open in mid- or late October, and the second lab is about a week behind that schedule.

Stores anticipate being able to open about a week after the pot gets cleared.

Anchorage officials on Tuesday approved the first retail store called Arctic Herbery. Owner Bryant Thorp anticipates opening around Nov. 1. Also ready to open is The Remedy Shoppe in the southeast Alaska tourist town of Skagway. Both are just waiting on the labs.