"Make it Monday" forum - Anchorage Marijuana Industry Update
Learn about the business behind the Anchorage marijuana industry.
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- Kyle Denton, Owner, Isidore, AK Rime and AK Frost
- Jane Stinson, Owner, Enlighten Alaska
- Steve Voth, Owner and Lead Grower, BAM Alaska and House of Green
- Jana D. Weltzin, Esq., Principal Owner, JDW, LLC,
- Ryan Yelle, Senior Planner, Municipality of Anchorage
Kyle is a third-generation, life-long Alaskan who owns a commercial fishing operation and previously owned a commercial design-build general contracting business. Kyle’s wife Kristin (Za) is an Occupational Therapist who worked for many years in the Anchorage School District and Kyle is a licensed engineer in the state. Kristin and Kyle have three children ages 18 to 22 who were educated in the public-school system in Anchorage.
In 2016 Kristin and Kyle decided to invest in the Marijuana industry, something they knew little about at the time. Three years, much capital, a huge learning curve and much hard work later they have a successful business employing 33 people full time in Isidore (cultivation), AK Rime (manufacturing) and AK Frost (retail).
Jane B. Stinson, along with her 2 children, Leah and Evan Levinton own Enlighten Alaska, a cannabis retail store located at 2600 Spenard Rd. Enlighten Alaska opened on February 2, 2017 and plans to apply for cultivation and manufacturing licenses within the Municipality of Anchorage. Jane is a strong advocate for marijuana normalization. She is a member of the Anchorage Cannabis Business Association and a board member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association.
Steve Voth has been an Alaskan resident for 38 years. He is the owner and lead grower at BAM Alaska cultivation, as well as co-owner of House of Green, a retail cannabis store in Anchorage, Alaska. BAM Alaska has been cultivating cannabis for about 2 years in Anchorage, and recently opened a second cultivation facility in Wasilla. BAM Alaska’s goal is to provide Alaska’s consumers with the highest quality boutique flower in the state. Steve formerly worked in the construction industry for about 11 years, after moving from the Midwest in the early 80’s. Prior to running a cultivation and store front, Steve owned and operated a successful tourism business in Denali.
Jana Weltzin was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, and general activism for the cannabis industry.
Ms. Weltzin played an invaluable role during the 2015 legislative session through her work with the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, initiative sponsors, is a founding member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association and future Alaskan cannabis businesses advocating for and analyzing proposed cannabis related legislation to ensure sustainable success for the industry.
Ryan works as a Senior Planner under the Current Planning Division of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Planning Department. In this role he is responsible for land use policy analysis and implementation, land use entitlement review, GIS services, as well as, overseeing the municipal marijuana special land use process. These diverse job responsibilities have him working on a variety of both public and private projects. Ryan works one-on-one with the Anchorage Assembly overseeing the municipal marijuana special land use process and assists them in addressing any emerging issues of Anchorage’s evolving marijuana industry.
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