The Northern Lights Hookah Lounge has been attacked by the State of Alaska through the office of Cynthia Franklin, head of the alcohol Control Board.
Cynthia issued a Cease and Desist letter to Northern Heights on behalf of the alcohol Control Board the day before the newly appointed Marijuana Control Board was to meet, which they have, and during that meeting they effectively nullified the Cease and Desist letter of the ACB, unfortunately for Northern Heights and their clients the ACB did not issue a recall letter on the aforementioned legal sledge hammer.
The owner of the Northshore Resort has no other option then to comply with the legally binding order of the ACB to protect their interests, so Cynthia Franklin forced the closing of a new business only 30 days after opening their doors on what was quite likely to be their busiest weekend thus far. I think this sort of strong arming is verging on mobster style actions.
If you can’t beat them beat their landlords and issue explicit threats that you know full well will be rescinded only hours later but that will still inflict serious financial hardship on the business.
I stopped in at the Northshore and had a delightful Moose’s Drool before heading down to enjoy some cannabis and conversation. I saw a couple folks I already knew, made a couple new friends and was intending to head back upstairs for dinner on the deck around 6. But on being informed that the lounge would have to close yet again I decided just to come home and make my own dinner. So it is safe to say that the Northshore ale House is also loosing revenue from the patrons of the lounge downstairs that will not be eating and drinking upstairs this weekend.
In a proper World we would have a place like this to meet with friends, in a proper World an immediate letter would be sent from the ACB on Cynthia Franklin’s letterhead rescinding the Cease & Desist letter, in a proper World those suffering financial loss would be properly compensated. But we all know this World just ain’t proper, don’t we?