Lacking Quorum, State Board Postpones Review Of Bethel's First Pot Shop License

May 1, 2019

ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has signed a lease on Bethel's 3rd Ave. where he hopes to open the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta's first cannabis shop in 2019.
Credit Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The state board overseeing marijuana licenses has postponed its review of an application to open Bethel’s first pot shop. ALASKAbuds has applied for a license to sell marijuana on Bethel’s 3rd Avenue in the brown building holding Stan’s Barber Shop.

The state board is meeting this week to consider marijuana license applications, but only three of the four board members are able to attend. One of the board members in attendance is ALASKABuds owner Nick Miller. Each application requires at least three votes, and Miller cannot vote on his own application due to conflict of interest.  The board will postpone review of the application until a later date when all board members are present. 

Bethel City Council is reviewing the application at its next regular meeting on May 14. The council has until June 3 to protest the license request.