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Alaska Marijuana Laws

Marijuana is legal in Alaska

For both medical and recreational users, with some restrictions. It is legal to grow your own herb and possess up to one ounce (4 ounces in your private residence), but it is still illegal to sell or consume in public.

Ballot Measure 8PDF File (100 KB) -- 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."

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 94PDF File (40 KB)
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.

Update: Alaska Statute Title 17 Chapter 37PDF File(36 KB)

Creates a confidential statewide registry of medical marijuana patients and caregivers and establishes identification card.

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
Marijuana Registry
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
Phone: 907-465-5423



AK Marijuana Registry Online
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
No information is provided

Patient Registry Fee:
$25 new application/$20 renewal

Accepts other states' registry ID cards?




The table below outlines Alaska’s main¬†marijuana laws.

Code Section

11.71.060, et seq.


Less than 1 oz. for personal use: none; up to 4 oz. in your private residence: none; 1 - 4 oz. in public: misdemeanor (up to 1 yr. and/or $1,000); more than 4 oz.: felony (up to 5 yrs. and/or $50,000); any amount within 500 ft. of school grounds or recreation center: unclassified felony (up to 5 yrs. and/or $50,000)


Less than 1 oz.: misdemeanor (1 yr. and/or $10,000); more than 1 oz.: felony (5 yrs. and/or $1,000); to a person under 19 who is 3 years or more younger than the seller: felony (10 yrs. and/or $100,000)


Up to 6 plants (3 mature) in a secure, private location

Medical Marijuana

Eligible patients or their approved caregivers may possess up to 1 oz. of usable marijuana (up to 4 oz. in one's home), and may grow up to 6 plants (3 mature)


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