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By Eli McVey

Despite having legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is taking much longer than expected to begin realizing its potential.

An understaffed state regulatory agency has been slow to license new businesses, and significant amounts of red tape at the local level have prevented some licensees from opening their doors.

While growing pains are to be expected for a new market starting from scratch – Alaska had no medical marijuana industry before legalizing recreational cannabis – the slow rollout has caused significant supply shortages and some of the highest retail marijuana prices in

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