Ballot Measure 8 - Approved Nov. 3, 1998 by 58% of voters. Effective: Mar. 4, 1999Removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they "might benefit from the medical use of marijuana."
Approved Conditions: Cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, glaucoma, 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.
Possession/Cultivation: 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. The law establishes a confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients.
Amended: Senate Bill 94
Effective: June 2, 1999
Mandates all patients seeking legal protection under this act to enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card. Patients not enrolled in the registry will no longer be able to argue the "affirmative defense of medical necessity" if they are arrested on marijuana charges.
Update: Alaska Statute Title 17 Chapter 37
Creates a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers and establishes identification card.
Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
AK Marijuana Registry Online
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
No information is provided
Patient Registry Fee:
$25 new application/$20 renewal
Accepts other states' registry ID cards?
|Recreational (Adult-Use)||Yes (Effective Feb 24, 2015)|
|Date Law Went into Effect||03/04/1999|
|Term for Grows||Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities|
|Term for Centers||Marijuana Retail Stores|
|How is infused weight tracked?|
|Licensing Authority||Dept of Health & Social Services.|
|Link to Licensing authority||Adult Use: Marijuana Control Board: MarijuanaInitiativeFAQs.aspx|
|Future Market Potential|
|Links to State Laws||Adult Use: 13PSUM-Proposed-Law.pdf|
|Individual on Hand Limits (Retail)||N/A|
|Patient Sales Limit||1 ounce|
|Patient Limits (Can you grow your own or assign plants?)||Immature = 3 Mature = 3|
|Delivery||The law that legalized marijuana in Alaska, Ballot Measure 2, expressly calls for delivering, distributing, or selling marijuana or marijuana products to consumers.One of the reasons Alaska legalized deliveries is because it has so many outposts where there may be no local source of supply.|
|Vertical Integration required||No|
|Number of Licenses Available or Limited To?|
|Current Best Estimate of the Number of Different Operating Licensees in Each: Grow, Processing, Retail|
|Reciprocity for Medical||No|
|State Registry or Dr. Recommendation||Statewide registry of patients and caregivers.|
|Established Agency to Regulate Compliance||Dept of Health & Social Services.|
|Plant Count Limits (Patients)||3 mature, 3 immature.|