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Medical Marijuana in Alaska

On November 3, 1998, Ballot Measure 8 passed in the state of Alaska removing state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have received documentation from their physician indicating that they will benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

All patients must be enrolled in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card.

Frequently asked questions about cannabis in Alaska

  • How do I obtain a medical marijuana card in the state of Alaska?

    To obtain a medical marijuana card in Alaska, one must receive a recommendation from a local physician stating your conditions and why medical marijuana would be beneficial for your health. Upon completion of the application process, you will receive a medical marijuana card in the mail.

  • Where can I find a medical marijuana doctor for a recommendation in Alaska?

    To find a medical marijuana doctor in your community, enter your location in the search field above.

  • What is needed to submit an application for a medical marijuana card in the state of Alaska?

    • The original Medical Marijuana Registry Application
    • A photocopy of the Applicant’s Alaska Drivers License or Alaska Identification Card
    • A witness must be present when the applicant signs and dates the application. The witness must also sign and date the application
    • A statement from the Applicant’s physician, using either the physician's statement form or a letter addressing the conditions mentioned in the physician's statement form, signed by the Applicant’s physician
    • The $25 application fee for initial application; or $20 for a renewal (current card not expired)
  • Where can I purchase medical marijuana?

    Legally, there aren’t many places to purchase medical marijuana just yet. To obtain medical marijuana in the state of Alaska, one must either grow it in their house or get it from their caregiver. There are however, a few “private cannabis clubs” in which medical patients can become a member of and receive the prescribed amount of cannabis.

Recreational Marijuana in Alaska

On November 4, 2014, AS 17.38, also known as Ballot Measure 2, passed by citizen’s initiative. This act allowed the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to adopt regulations involving marijuana-related entities and regulate the newly formed industry. The ABC Board has nine months from the effective date to develop these rules and regulations.

According to AS 17.38, the ABC or Marijuana Control Board will issue the first licenses for commercialized marijuana facilities in May of 2016.

Frequently asked questions about recreational cannabis in Alaska:

  • How old do I have to be to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Alaska?

    You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess, and/or use recreational marijuana in the state of Alaska. It is illegal to sell or give retail marijuana to minors.

  • Where can I purchase recreational marijuana in Alaska?

    Currently, the state of Alaska does not have any retail marijuana dispensaries. Beginning in 2016, recreational marijuana will be cultivated, tested, and sold by licensed, taxpaying businesses that will require proof of age before purchasing.

  • Where am I legally allowed to consume recreational marijuana?

    In the state of Alaska, consumption of recreational marijuana is only legal in private settings such as your home. Recreational marijuana cannot be consumed in public places such as on the streets, in parks or on federal land.

  • How much recreational marijuana can I have in my possession in the state of Alaska?

    Adults 21 years of age or older may possess up to one ounce of recreational marijuana at any given time. Residents are also allowed to grow up to six plants (three mature) in a private, secure location. It is legal to privately possess the yield of those plants in the location where it was produced. This means, you are allowed to have more than one ounce of marijuana in your home IF you grew it in your home.