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Alaska Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Alaska Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/12/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in Alaska? Is cannabis, marijuana, pot or weed legal in Alaska? Is there a difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do you locate a quality medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Alaska Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure:

Measure 8

Date Passed:

November 3, 1998, effective June 2, 1999

Defenses Provided:

Alaska’s medical marijuana law provides exemption from prosecution for only patients who have registered with the state and obtained a registry card (aka medical marijuana cards).

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under Alaska medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following conditions:

Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or treatment for these conditions; A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following: Cachexia; Severe pain; Severe nausea; Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy; Persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis; or agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Alaska, patients must obtain signed physician statement that the patient was examined in the context of a bona fide physician-patient relationship, the patient has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, and other approved medications were “considered.”

Marijuana Card Program:

Medical marijuana patients in Alaska must register with the state Department of Health and Social

Services to receive a medical marijuana card (aka cannabis card).

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis patients in Alaska may possess up to one ounce of marijuana in usable form and six marijuana plants, with no more than three mature and flowering plants producing usable marijuana at any one time. Alaska does not allow patients to purchase marijuana at dispensaries at this time.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in Alaska may designate one primary and one alternate caregiver who may possess, transport and grow cannabis on the patient’s behalf. Caregivers may only serve one patient at a time, with limited exceptions.

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