Photos: Risan Media is co-producing videos on the emerging Alaska cannabis industry for MERRY JANE and Leafly

Risan Media is co-producing a series on the emerging Alaska cannabis industry. We traveled to Valdez in April to capture some of the glacier backcountry split boarding and heli-ski lifestyle at Thompson Pass and interview a retail cannabis applicant located in Valdez. After some bluebird heliskiing in the Chugach Range, we joined Todd Johnson and Salem for their show at the Alaska Rendezvous Heli Lodge with the Rendezvous guides, clients and athletes.

From Valdez, we headed to Anchorage where we interviewed a number of the Alaska cannabis industry regulators and recent applicants hopeful for license approval. We continued to Girdwood and the Kenai Peninsula with further features and then joined Salem at their show at Humpy’s in Anchorage and enjoyed some dank halibut tacos!

From Anchorage, we flew south to Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and filmed with a canna-business hoping for approval for retail operations in the popular cruise ship tourist destination. The Hangar on the Wharf hosted Juneau’s Flamenco-inspired concert event with Salem and we headed down for the show. In the early am, we flew over the Lynn Canal and surrounding glaciers to the heli-ski mecca of Haines for a raging Risan Project-Alaska Heliskiing Party with Salem at the Pioneer Bar’s Bamboo Room. After a patient delay, we were fortunate for a break in the weather for some bluebird heli-boarding in the Chilkat Range!

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