Is marijuana legal in Alaska?

Yes, medical and recreational marijuana are both legal in Alaska.

How old do I have to be to consume marijuana?

You must be 21 years old to use marijuana products. It is illegal to give marijuana to minors.

Can I smoke or consume cannabis while in the park with my friends?

Not in Alaska. Again, the law bans all public use of any marijuana, not just smoking. This means it is illegal to use marijuana in schools, amusement venues, businesses, parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, or roads, just to name a few. And since marijuana is still illegal federally, you cannot use it on federal land -- not in national parks and national forests.

So where can I use marijuana?

Private property is your best bet, though some property owners or homeowners associations may have policies that prohibit marijuana use. Check your local laws and with hotel owners and landlords prior to consuming marijuana.

What about marijuana possession for teens and young adults under age 21?

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess marijuana.

Can I take marijuana out of the state?

No. It is illegal to leave Alaska with any marijuana products.

How much marijuana can I buy in Alaska?

Under Alaskan law, adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana. That means that you are allowed to buy up to one ounce of marijuana as well.

Can I give cannabis away in Alaska?

Yes, under Ballot Measure 2, adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to transfer up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six marijuana plants to another person who is at least 21 years old, as long as no remuneration is accepted.

Medical Patients:

What medical conditions will qualify a patient for medical marijuana?

The approved medical conditions for Alaska's medical marijuana program include cancer, glaucoma, HIV+, or AIDS, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, any chronic or debilitating disease that produces one or more of the following: cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, and muscle spasms. Additional conditions may be approved by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

What documentation do I need from the recommending physician to provide with my application?

Patients must fill out the Application for Medical Marijuana Registry which requires name, address, date of birth, and an Alaska driver's license number or identification number. Additionally, a physician's statement form needs to be filled out regarding why the patient may benefit from medical marijuana. Click for access to the Alaska registry packet.

How much will it cost to apply for a registry identification card?

The application fee costs $25 or $20 for renewal.

What happens if I lose my card?

There is no specific process outlined if a cardholder loses their card in Alaska. We recommend you contact the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services at 907-465-5423 for information on procedures.