Recreational marijuana nearly ready for sale in Alaska

DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

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.