Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is medical cannabis legal in Alaska?

    Yes! Medical cannabis use in Alaska has been legalized since 1998, making it one of the first states in the US to follow California’s medical cannabis laws.

  • What about adult-use cannabis?

    Adult-use cannabis, or recreational cannabis, is also legal in Alaska. The state legalized this form of cannabis use in 2014 and has been thriving since.

  • Where can you buy cannabis in Alaska?

    Both medical patients and recreational consumers will purchase their cannabis at licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Shops are not exclusive to medical patients nor are they exclusive to recreational shoppers; they all operate the same.

  • Where can you consume your cannabis?

    You must enjoy your cannabis products privately, as public consumption is against the law. This means that private residences or establishments that have a valid onsite consumption endorsement are the only places you can legally consume your cannabis products. 

  • How much cannabis can you legally possess?

    Cannabis consumers in Alaska are allowed to possess up to one ounce of flower and concentrates. When transporting your products from the dispensary to your home, make sure they are kept in their sealed containers and in the trunk of your vehicle to prevent any hassle.

  • Can you grow weed at home in Alaska?

    Yes! In Alaska, you are allowed to cultivate up to six immature plants and three flowering plants. In a single-family home, you can legally grow up to 12 cannabis plants, with up to six being flowering buds. 

     

    Regardless, none of these plants or cultivation stations can be in the view of the public eye by any means.

  • Who runs the medical marijuana registry?

    Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services oversees the medical marijuana registry in the state. They’re in charge of all information pertaining to patients, patient eligibility, and caregivers.

  • How do you qualify for a medical card in Alaska?

    To qualify for a medical card in Alaska, you must be diagnosed with at least one of their qualifying health conditions, be a resident of Alaska, and have been seen by an approved physician within the last 16 months prior to application. 

     

    The qualifying conditions to get your medical card are as follows:

     

    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Cancer
    • Chronic or severe pain
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Multiple Sclerosis 
    • Persistent muscle spasms
    • Seizures, including those characteristics of epilepsy
    • Severe nausea

  • What is the registration process like?

    To register for Alaska’s medical marijuana program, you must first meet with a qualified doctor and receive a signed physician’s statement affirming that you have been diagnosed with at least one of the state’s qualifying conditions. Then, you can apply online and submit this statement. Along with the statement, Alaska requires a photocopy of your driver’s license or ID, as well as a $25 payment.

  • Can people from out of state purchase cannabis in Alaska?

    Yes! If you are 21 or older and have a valid ID, you’re able to purchase adult-use cannabis in Alaska. However, there is no reciprocity for out-of-state medical patients, unfortunately.