Alaska’s official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at http://www.legis.state.ak.us
Alaska may be the next member of the west coast club of pro-cannabis states. For the past year, volunteers and advocates have been working to spread awareness and collect 45,000 gross signatures. With only a month to go, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana needs about 20,000 more signatures by December 1st to get a full legalization bill on the ballot for 2014. The bill would tax and regulate the production, use, and sales of cannabis for adults 21 and over.
Alaska -1998 – Alaska Stat. 17.37.10 – 17.37.80
Ballot Measure 8 — Approved Nov. 3, 1998 by 58% of voters
Effective: Mar. 4, 1999
Removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.”
Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
State Medical Marijuana Patient Website: AK Marijuana Registry Online
Patient Application Packet: Marijuana Application Packet
Patient Registry Fee: $25 new application/$20 renewal
Accepts other states’ registry ID cards? Unknown
Approved Conditions: Cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity, and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Possession/Cultivation: Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess no more than one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate no more than six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may 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 seeking legal protection under this act to enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card. Patients not enrolled in the registry will no longer be able to argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on marijuana charges.
Creates a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers and establishes identification card.