A cannabis cafe is coming soon in Fairbanks, according to Dan Peters, co-owner of GoodSinse.
The marijuana store is on track to expand, offering edibles by April 20 and a consumption lounge this summer after gaining state licensing approval. Local approval is pending.
Peters was the first marijuana store owner in Alaska to be granted an onsite consumption endorsement by the Marijuana Control Board, which met Thursday in Juneau and gave conditional approval.
“Making history has been one of the greatest things in my life. I love it,” he said.
GoodSinse’s onsite consumption license will come before the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly this week. It will be the first onsite consumption request to come before the assembly, which meets Thursday.
A memo to the assembly from borough Chief of Staff Jim Williams recommended no protest of GoodSinse’s license.
Peters is remodeling the store at 2604 Davis Road to make room for the consumption lounge, which will have couches, a long table and a bartop with stools.
“It will be a nice communal experience,” Peters said.
Other Fairbanks companies that have expressed interest in offering onsite consumption including Good Titrations, Pakalolo Supply Co. and the Fairbanks Cut.
GoodSinse is planning to invite customers to smoke, vape, sip infused drinks and eat cannabis treats up to the state limit of a gram a day, according to Peters.
He is working with the city of Fairbanks’ Building Department on the design of the new lounge.
Peters said he will have no problem meeting city requirements, including extra restrooms, as he works through the process. Final designs are nearly complete, he said.
The City Council filed a protest of GoodSinse’s onsite consumption endorsement this month but the protest will be lifted once GoodSinse meets Building Department requirements, according to a letter from the city to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.
Peters said he wants to keep the store open during construction. He is also launching a cannabis manufacturing operation after getting approved for a manufacturing license.
He is looking at offering about 1,200 square feet of retail and lounge space and is hoping to attract both locals and visitors. The lounge will also have a “show grow,” or a viewing area where people can check out GoodSinse’s cultivation practices, according to Peters.
On Thursday, GoodSinse’s onsite consumption license will come before the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, which will vote on whether to file a protest. It will be the first onsite consumption request to come before the assembly. A memo to the assembly from borough Chief of Staff Jim Williams recommended no protest.
GoodSinse was one of the first marijuana stores to open in Fairbanks and was named the favorite cannabis store of Daily News-Miner readers in 2018.