AK Marijuana Law
Marijuana Law in Alaska
Alaska Recreational Marijuana Law
As of February 24, 2015, Measure 2 removed penalties for adults 21 and older who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is tasked with regulating and licensing marijuana cultivators, wholesalers, and retailers. It also gives the legislature the authority to create a new Marijuana Control Board at any time to assume such power, duties, and responsibilities related to marijuana regulation.
Adults in Alaska can possess up to one ounce of marijuana and to cultivate up to six marijuana plants in their home, only three of which may be flowering. Adults are not allowed to consume marijuana in public. Doing so could come with a small fine.
February 24, 2015 is the official start date to begin making the rules for licensing/registering commercialized marijuana facilities (i.e., cultivation centers and dispensaries). Under the timeline set forth in AS 17.38, the Marijuana Control Board will issue the first licenses in May 2016. Until then, buying or selling marijuana without a license is illegal and could be filed and prosecuted as a crime.
On September 8, 2016, Alaska approved the first state-licensed retail marijuana dispensaries.
Learn more: Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office
Alaska Medical Marijuana Law
The Alaska Medical Marijuana Act allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients with at least one qualifying medical condition may possess, cultivate, use or transport marijuana. Patients must obtain approval from a state-licensed doctor to receive a medical marijuana card.
Learn more: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services