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Alaska’s Laughing Salmon Cannabis

Laughing Salmon was built from the ground up with love and a whole lot of forethought.

Quick Hit

One of the first legal cultivations in Alaska, the owners of High Tide Farms always had hopes of vertically integrating their business. In May 2020, their dream came true as Laughing Salmon Cannabis opened its doors for the first time. Naturally, a global pandemic wasn’t a part of that dream, but Laughing Salmon hasn’t let that slow them down.

Environment & Vibe

Inspired by its owners’ love of hunting and fishing, Laughing Salmon Cannabis got its name from the one that got away. The ode to nature doesn’t stop at the name, though. The interior is a beautifully blended mix of rustic and modern, with wood paneling and one bright red brick wall. Exposed pipes in the ceiling give the building a little touch of urban cool. However, the dispensary doesn’t end inside. A quick jaunt to the back of the lot reveals a rotating lineup of local food trucks ready to serve up the best of the Valley.


For some of the best flower the Valley has to offer, Laughing Salmon is the place to go. They stock a wide variety of their High Tide Farms strains, as well as some select strains from Denali Herb Company and The Connoisseur.  You’ll also find a nice variety of edibles from Lady Gray, GOOD, Red Run, Fire Eaters and Frontier CBDs – just to name a few. Laughing Salmon also has some of the best swag and stoner gifts around. From stoner coloring books to Cannabis-themed tchotchkes, there’s something to suit every need.


Laughing Salmon was built from the ground up with love and a whole lot of forethought. A large solar panel located in the back of the lot helps keep the dispensary green in the summer months. Inside, the dispensary is built to accommodate the revolutionary work schedule that the company devised. Each employee works three, 12-hour shifts a week, giving them enough time to enjoy life. The long shifts mean a lot of standing, so Laughing Salmon installed thick rubber mats behind each register and created a comfortable breakroom. It’s truly a dispensary constructed to take care of its employees and customers.


Products aside, the real jewel of Laughing Salmon is its budtenders – all hired based on their Cannabis knowledge and vibrant personalities. Their favorite customers? Newbies! This crew loves sharing their extensive knowledge and reverence for Cannabis with brand new consumers. Recently, they helped outfit a Cannabis virgin make his first purchases on his 21st birthday. But don’t worry, the crew is just as pumped to talk about terpenes with more experienced consumers.

Photos by @shipeshots

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of Alaska Leaf.

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