Photo courtesy of Susan Burrell

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board Thursday, April 5 approved a license for the second marijuana grow business in the Petersburg area, this one planned for the downtown business district.

Susan Burrell already owns the town’s only retail marijuana business, The 420, located on an alley off of main street. She applied for a standard cultivation license for a second business called Sea*Weed Farms.

“The grow that I’m putting in is almost, just short of a thousand square feet in the back of the building,” Burrell told the board at a meeting teleconferenced from Nome. “We’re planning on doing approximately five or six strains. We’re gonna be employing approximately seven people to start with.”

Burrell answered questions from the state board on her proposed grow operation. Sea*Weed Farms is planned for the back part of the building she rents at 307 North Nordic Drive. Plants will be grown indoors, in soil, with carbon filters used to control odor from the building.

Board members also asked her about how her retail business is doing.

“It’s been going really well,” she responded. “Petersburg’s been very receptive. The borough is working with us really well. Yeah we just have had really no issues.”

The new grow operation won’t be up and running immediately. Burrell will still need to install security cameras and have inspections by the fire marshal and a marijuana enforcement officer. She also plans other security measures around the new business.

The board voted 4-0 to approve the license. Petersburg’s borough assembly supported the application earlier in the week.

The first licensed grow operation on the island, Southeast Moog Droog, started up last year, at Papkes Landing, about 10 miles south of town. Burrell opened up her retail store last July and has also plans to apply for a marijuana products manufacturing license for the same building as well.