Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Alaska
On November 3, 1998, 58% of Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure 8, which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.” Senate Bill 94 was passed in 1999 and mandated that all patients seeking legal protection under this act mustenroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card, also referred to as a medical marijuana card, pot card or cannabis card. Patients or their primary caregivers may legally possess up to one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate up to six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.
Read the full text of Alaska Statute Title 17, Chapter 37: “Medical Uses of Marijuana,” the current, enforced version of the law.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Alaska
- Must be a resident of Alaska with a valid Alaska I.D. as proof of residency
- Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating that you are diagnosed with a qualifying condition. Learn how to request your medical records.
- Obtain written documentationfrom a physician licensed in the state of Alaska that that you are a qualifying patient. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment.
- Apply for and receive a Medical Marijuana Card from the state of Alaska.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Alaska?
Patients in Alaska diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Alaska Medical Marijuana law:
- Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or treatment for any of these conditions or
- Any chronic or debilitating disease or treatment of such diseases, which produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Medical Marijuana Access
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in Alaska will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.
According to Alaska medical marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers may possess one ounce of marijuana in usable form and six marijuana plants, with no more than three mature and flowering plants producing usable marijuana at any one time. The state of Alaska does not allow for the purchase or sale of medical cannabis.