Skagway won’t be getting a second pot shop anytime soon. The latest application, Buckshot and Bobbypins’ owner, Kristine Harder was turned down by Planning and Zoning Commission at the Nov. 10 meeting.
Harder recently relocated her business from 7th Street, behind Harley Davidson, to just across the street from Skagway Brewing Company, at 750 Broadway.
Harder’s plan was not to convert the store into a marijuana-only establishment. When she applied for the conditional use permit she wanted to add marijuana to the list of products available at the store — which is an eclectic mix of clothing, toys, collectibles, and other consumables, such as smoked salmon.
During the winter months, the store is open for a few weekend hours.
The permit was turned-down primarily because of the store’s location. By state law, marijuana businesses cannot be within 500 ft. of a school ground, a recreation or youth center, a building where religious services are regularly conducted, or a correctional facility.
“I’m not opposed to marijuana businesses, but we need to abide by state code,” said Planning and Zoning Chair Matt Deach. “We cannot be less restrictive than state code.”
Deach said Harder’s business is too close to daycares [facilities], a church, the city library, and Mollie Walsh Park.
The conditional use permit was denied.
Tara Bass, owner of The Remedy Shoppe, became the first retail marijuana store in Alaska to receive its operating license from the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office in October. It has not opened for business yet because it is still waiting for testing facilities to open.