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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Alaska
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Alaska
The Alaska Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Measure 2, was approved by 53% of voters in 2014 and allowed for the regulation, production, sale, and use of recreational cannabis. Measure 2 went into effect February 2015, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce (1 oz.), or 28.35 grams, of usable cannabis and up to six (6) cannabis plants, three (3) of which are mature, at home for personal use. With the passage of Measure 2, Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational cannabis.
There are currently no dispensaries offering specifically medical cannabis for purchase. Therefore, patients and caregivers must purchase marijuana at licensed recreational retailers. Patients younger than 21 must have a caregiver purchase cannabis products on their behalf.
Alaska law prohibits the home delivery of cannabis products to consumers.
Public cannabis consumption is prohibited throughout the state. Legal consumption may only occur on private property or in an establishment with a valid onsite consumption endorsement. Onsite users can purchase up to 1 gram of products with a limit of 10 milligrams of THC to be consumed onsite. However, lawmakers are still drafting regulations covering onsite consumption, and laws most likely won’t be adopted until at least early 2019.
Alaska’s DHSS runs the Medical Marijuana Registry. Visit the DHSS website for patient and caregiver application forms.
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic or severe pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe nausea
Patients must be diagnosed with one of the above debilitating conditions to qualify for medical marijuana use. To apply, patients must obtain a signed physician’s statement and have received an examination in the 16 months prior to application.
If a patient is a minor, a parent or guardian must submit a signed statement that the physician has explained the risks and benefits of medical marijuana. Also, the parent or guardian must be the patient’s primary caregiver, apply for a Medical Marijuana Registry card, and control patient access to medical cannabis.
All registry forms and documents are confidential. At this time, private and state-operated insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana expenses. Patients are required to have a Medical Marijuana Registry ID card to receive protected status. No correctional facility, medical facility, employer, school campus or recreation center is required to accommodate medical cannabis use.
To join the Alaska Medical Marijuana Registry, potential patients must complete the following steps:
- Submit the original copy of the application.
- Obtain and submit a signed form of the physician’s statement stating that the patient has been diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
- Submit a photocopy of the Alaska driver’s license or identification card of the patient and caregivers.
- Pay a $25 registration fee for original card, or $20 for a renewal. Payments can be made by check or money order.
If there is any error with the application, patients will not receive a refund and cannot re-apply for six (6) months. Any changes in address, primary caregiver, or other personal details must be submitted to the MMR within 10 days of occurrence. All registry documents are confidential.