Cannabis for medical use was approved in Alaska by 58% of voters on November 3, 1998. Medical use of cannabis became legal April, 1999. Patients in possession of written documentation from their physician, stating that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana” are exempt for state-level criminal penalties governing the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana.
Conditions Approved for Medical Marijuana in Alaska
- Chronic pain
- Epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures
- HIV or AIDS
- Multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity, and nausea.
- Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Cannabis Quantities Allowed in Alaska
- Possession: patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana.
- Cultivation: patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally cultivate no more than six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.
- A confidential state-run patient registry issues identification cards to qualifying patients.
All patients seeking legal protection under this act should enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card.
Patients not enrolled in the registry will not be able to argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on marijuana charges.
Full details of how to get a medical marijuana card in Alaska.
Medical Marijuana News Update:
5th June, 2011 – There are still no marijuana doctors or marijuana dispensaries in Alaska. This is really disappointing for Alaska medical marijuana patients, considering medical marijuana was made legal in April 1999.
Please contact us if you know of any marijuana doctors or dispensaries in Alaska.