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Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Alaska. In 2014, Alaska became the third state (tied with Oregon) to legalize recreational cannabis. It has had medicinal cannabis since 1998.

Medical Cannabis Laws in Alaska

Alaskan medicinal cannabis regulations permit approved patients to possess, grow, and buy marijuana for medical purposes.

The Alaska Medical Marijuana Initiative, adopted by the state's voters in 1998, created the state's medicinal marijuana program, which is managed by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

To obtain marijuana products from authorized dispensaries, qualified patients must possess both an Alaska medical marijuana card and a current doctor's prescription.

Chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis (MS), and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the qualifying conditions (PTSD).

If they meet specific requirements, caregivers can also get medical cards. A patient must be at least 18 years old to get a medical card.

Patients are allowed to keep up to six plants and one ounce of useable marijuana flower at a time. Within a 30-day window, they are allowed to buy up to two ounces of edible cannabis flower from any authorized dispensary.

Dispensaries may also offer infused culinary products, topical lotions, and oils that can be applied topically for symptom management or therapeutic relief.

According to Alaska's reciprocity scheme, out-of-state patients with legitimate medical cards from other states are able to use local dispensaries as long as they bring the required paperwork with them.

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Additionally, as long as the user is 21 or older and not doing so on federal property like national parks or military sites, there are no limitations for smoking cannabis in public locations in Alaska.

Recreational Cannabis Laws in Alaska

For persons 21 and older, recreational marijuana use is permitted in Alaska. It is legal to possess up to six young plants and/or one ounce of cannabis flower. Cannabis products must be consumed in a private residence because it is still unlawful to use marijuana in public.

Home cultivation is also allowed, with a maximum of six plants per adult as long as no more than three are in bloom at once.

Even with a doctor's recommendation, it is unlawful for anybody under the age of 21 to either possess or consume marijuana products.

Currently, there are 14 licensed merchants selling cannabis goods in Alaska, including flower, edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Customers must be 21 years of age or older to enter these establishments, and ID will be requested at the point of sale.

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The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has set rules for product testing that retailers must adhere to in order to verify that all goods sold in the state fulfill strict standards for quality control.

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