Ballot Measure 8 - Approved November 3, 1998 by 58% of the vote. Effective: March 4, 1999 Eliminated criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a written recommendation from their doctor advising that they "could benefit from the use of medical marijuana."
Approved Medical Conditions: Cancer, chronic pain, cachexia, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, HIV or AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders, and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Possession & Cultivation: Patients or their caregivers can legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate a maximum of six marijuana plants, of which only three can 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 must enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card to garner legal protection under this act. Patients who are not enrolled in the registry cannot argue the "affirmative defense of medical necessity" if arrested on charges of marijuana possession.
Update: Alaska Statute Title 17 Chapter 37
Creates a confidential statewide registry of medical cannabis patients and cannabis caregivers with identification cards.
Patient Registry Fee:
$25 new application / $20 renewal application
Accepts registry ID cards from other states?
|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||Ballot Measure 2, the law that legalized marijuana in Alaska, allows for delivering, distributing, or selling marijuana or marijuana products to consumers. The major reason Alaska legalized deliveries is because there so many outposts where no local source of supplyis available.|
|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.|