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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Alaska

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Step 1 in the process of medical marijuana qualification

    Book an appointment with a certified physician.

  2. Step 2 - get a rec

    Attend your appointment. The rec is mailed to the patient.

  3. Step 3 for Getting a Medical Card

    Fill out the application form and send to the Alaska Medical Marijuana Registry.

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March 24, 2020

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms, including those that are characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Any other medical condition or treatment approved by the department or approval of a petition
Alaska State

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Alaska Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Cancer
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Any disease or treatment that causes one or more of the following: cachexia; chronic or severe pain; severe nausea; seizures (e.g. epilepsy); persistent muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis).
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services may add other conditions at any other time

Alaska Medical Marijuana History and Laws - Overview

Alaska has an interesting history with regards to cannabis. In 1975, Alaska’s Supreme Court established that the right to privacy includes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In 1982, Alaska decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis, before recriminalizing it in 1990.

Alaska’s chequered history with cannabis ought to indicate to others that it is a state that seems to have been traditionally sympathetic to cannabis legalization/decriminalization. Therefore, it should perhaps not be a surprise that Alaska adopted medical and recreational marijuana a bit sooner than many other states.

1998 – Ballot Measure 8 is approved, allowing those with a valid recommendation letter signed by a physician to legally possess, use and cultivate cannabis for personal medical use.

1999 – Senate Bill 94 is amended. This means that medical marijuana patients and their caregivers must enroll in the state’s registry and possess a valid medical marijuana card. Registry is confidential.

Patient possession limits in Alaska are the same for medical and recreational users alike – up to one ounce on their persons whilst in public.

A recreational user may Possess up to 4 ounces of marijuana in their residence.

Both medical and recreational users may cultivate up to 6 plants in their own residence, with a maximum of three mature plants.

Due to right-to-privacy laws, a person may be able to grow up to 25 plants in their own residence. Those who live within 500 feet of a school or recreation center may be able to use right-to-privacy laws if they are using cannabis within their own residence and are taking precautions with regard to their growing sites and where they use cannabis (i.e. keep it out of public view!).

However, even though there are right-to-privacy laws on the state level, federal charges may still be brought against those who are unlucky enough to be targeted as such. Therefore, it is recommended that those wanting to cultivate keep it relatively under wraps.

Distribution and sales without license is strictly prohibited. However, a person may convey less than an ounce of cannabis to anyone aged 21 or over without remuneration.

You must be aged 21 or over to apply for a medical marijuana card for yourself in Alaska. Caregivers must also be aged 21 or over in order to apply.

Those who fill out an application form for a medical marijuana card must ensure they get it right – mistakes can lead to a denial of application, and you cannot apply again for 6 months after the decision’s been made.

There is no reciprocity in Alaska, meaning medical marijuana cards from other states are not seen as valid.

Caregivers can only look after one patient at a time, unless they are simultaneously looking after other patients related to them via blood or marriage.

Hash and concentrates must be made using non-solvent methods. This means that the laws surrounding hash and concentrates in Alaska is still a little uncertain in some regards, and possession may be charged as a misdemeanor, with some incarceration time and/or a fine.

Assets like vehicles or other property may be seized in a civil proceeding.

Consuming cannabis in public is considered a violation, and can bring a fine of up to $100.

Cannabis is a Schedule VIA substance under the Alaska Controlled Substances Act. Concentrates, however, are Schedule IIIA substances.

Alaska Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

1 ounce total of concentrate or flower. Recreational cannabis enthusiasts of Alaska have the same possession limit, although they may pay more in taxes – up to $50 per ounce of cannabis.

Alaska Reciprocity

Alaska does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, recommendations or certificates.

Can a medical marijuana patient in Alaska grow medicinal cannabis plants of their own?

12 plants in a household with two adults 21+, or no limit with commercial license. A single person may grow up to 6 cannabis plants for personal use and consumption, with no more than 3 mature plants.

Alaska MMJ Caregivers

Patient fills in caregiver information on the application form. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over

Cost of Getting an Alaska MMJ Card and Doctor’s Recommendation

$25 for new MMJ card applications. $20 for renewal. This does not include the cost of the physician’s consultation, which is $75.

How Long Does it take to Get My Alaska MMJ Card?

It can take between 5 and 35 days in order to get an Alaska medical marijuana card.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for an Alaska Medical Marijuana Card?

Unlike many other states, you must be aged 21 years old or over in order to qualify for an Alaska medical marijuana card for yourself. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

How long does it take to get an Alaska medical marijuana card?

It can take up to 30 days to get a physical copyof your Alaska medical marijuana card.

Is telehealth available in Alaska for medical marijuana certification, or do I have to see a doctor in-person?

Telehealth/telemedicine available is available in Alaska. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for a medical marijuana certificate and MMJ card.

What documents do I need to apply for a medical marijuana card in Alaska?

Valid ID. Driver’s licence, passport or state-produced ID card. Out-of-state ID is not accepted.

Proof of address – bank statement, utility bill, correspondence with a state department.

Medical records – progress notes, physician’s statement/letters, medication list, medical images, official diagnosis.

Patients are required to register with the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, Marijuana Registry

Will insurance cover the cost of my Alaska MMJ Rec?

No. Cannabis is federally illegal, and this goes for qualified medical marijuana patients, too. This applies in Alaska and the rest of the US.