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Alaska Medical Marijuana

Updated on April 10, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Alaska Medical Marijuana

Alaska Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
Marijuana Registry
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
Phone: (907) 465-5423
Email: BVSSpecialServices@health.state.ak.us
Website: Alaska Marijuana Registry Online

Alaska Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be an Alaska Resident with a valid Alaska I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have an Alaska I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. Obtain written documentation from a physician licensed in the state of Alaska stating that, you are a qualifying patient. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment. Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Alaska.
  4. Once a patient has obtained a written certification from a physician licensed in the state of Alaska, patients are required to register with the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, “Marijuana Registry” — upon registration, patients will receive a medical marijuana I.D. card. * Please note: registration is mandatory.

Recent Legislation Updates

With the world of medical marijuana constantly changing, our team diligently updates information about medical marijuana in Alaska to make sure the information we include is the latest and most relevant. Check back on this section for the latest in medicinal cannabis news in Alaska.

In 2014, Alaska voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use by a 53-47 percent margin. However, the state’s Supreme Court ruled nearly 40 years earlier that adults could legally possess and use small amounts of weed in their homes. The Alaska medical marijuana program allows patients to have up to an ounce of weed in their possession.

While most residents and officials have a somewhat relaxed view when it comes to marijuana, there are occasionally some issues that cause consternation among the more conservative people in the state. For example, in February 2017, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board was considering a proposal that would allow people shopping in retail cannabis stores to smoke inside those stores. However, due to concerns about secondhand smoke, as well as a reticence toward drawing too much attention to marijuana use in the state, the Board decided to pull the proposal off of the table.

There were a lot of concerns with the establishment of a new administration that the federal government would crack down on pot use in states such as Alaska where it is legal. However, a spokesperson with the Alaska attorney general’s office said she didn’t believe the federal government could overturn state law. She also stated that she believed federal enforcement would continue to focus on keeping marijuana revenue from major criminal enterprises and distribution to minors.

Ballot Measure 8 was passed on November 03, 1998 by 58% of voters, the State of Alaska medical marijuana program became effective March 04, 1999, legally allowing patients to receive an Alaska medical marijuana letter of recommendation from a certified physician.

Patients must apply for a State-issued Medical Marijuana ID Card and have the ability to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per Alaska state guidelines.

On June 02, 1999, Senate Bill 94 was amended, mandating that all patients seeking legal protection under this act, must enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card. Patients who do not enroll in the registry will not be able to argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on cannabis charges.

The Alaska Statute Title 17 Chapter 37, has been updated, to create a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers, by establishing a state identification card.

Alaska Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

In Alaska, patients, or their primary caregivers, may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana and may cultivate no more than six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.

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Alaska Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

Qualified patients in Alaska may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.

The State of Alaska has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Alaska Medical Marijuana ID Card, permitting the patient to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Alaska state guidelines.

Since the Alaska medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Alaska medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Alaska medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link below to find out more about Alaska’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Alaska medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Alaska’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Alaska.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Alaska’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.

Alaska Medical Marijuana Laws

While possession of an ounce or less carries no penalties, and you can have up to four ounces in your home with no penalty, the punishment ratchets up quickly for possession of more than four ounces. It is considered a felony offense punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of as much as $50,000. Read Alaska’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to learn more.

Alaska Medical Marijuana Card

To participate in the Alaska medical marijuana program, you have to obtain a card. This card will provide you legal protection should you have to travel across the state and have cannabis in your possession. It also grants holders access to the many clubs throughout Alaska that only provide cannabis to those who are entered into the state registry. Find out more about how to obtain an Alaska Medical Marijuana Card by reading our guide.

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