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CANNABIS IN ALASKA-EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
ALASKA Marijuana Laws
- Marijuana is a Schedule VIA substance according to Alaska law
- Federally, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance and illegal.
- Cannabis possession: Adults may possess up to one ounce of recreational cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants (no more than three mature) for non-commercial purposes. Adult residents may keep up to four ounces of marijuana produced on their property in a sealed container at home.
- It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one-year imprisonment and a fine of up to 10,000 USD to possess with intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana.
- Retail sales of cannabis by state-licensed entities are regulated in the state and adults over 21 can purchase marijuana for personal use. Marijuana sales by unlicensed entities remain subject to criminal penalties.
- Adults at least 21 years of age may possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants (no more than three mature and three immature marijuana plants) for non-commercial purposes.
- Alaska does not have any laws punishing cannabis consumers for paraphernalia possession, sale, or manufacture.
Cannabis Policy Reform Timeline
- 1975: The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that residents were able to decriminalize cannabis, and home cultivation allowed for small amounts of cannabis in a private residence.
- 1990: The state legislature re-criminalized possession for a short time, and penalties were set in place
- 1998: Alaska Medical Marijuana Initiative allowed medical patients to use cannabis
- 2014: Voters approved Ballot Measure 2. The new law was passed to legalize weed for recreational use and following only two other states, Alaska became the third state to do so.
- 2016: Legal recreational dispensaries began to open and supply marijuana products in Alaska. The Home, Alcohol, and Marijuana Control Office has established a Marijuana Control Board to oversee the cannabis industry.
- 2019: Onsite consumption became legal for cannabis stores with the proper license to be a recreation center.
- 2022: Efforts are being made to update and improve both recreational and medical programs under Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer.
Possession Limits in AK
- Possession of one ounce is acceptable for adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit These alaska Hotspots After Getting Your Medical Card
Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park and Preserve is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Spanning six million acres, it offers stunning views of the Denali mountain range and a wide range of flora and fauna. Established in 1917, the park was initially called Mount McKinley National Park but was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve in 2015 to reflect the Athabaskan people and their culture. The park has numerous hiking trails that cater to different skill levels, from short walks to challenging multi-day hikes. The Savage River Loop Trail is a popular trail that takes about two hours to complete and offers breathtaking views of the park’s mountains and wildlife. Visitors can also take a bus tour that covers 91 miles of the park’s terrain and offers a chance to see animals such as grizzly bears, moose, and caribou. Several lodging options exist in and around the park, including campsites, cabins, and lodges. The Denali Backcountry Lodge is located deep within the park and offers visitors an immersive wilderness experience.
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and cultural and outdoor activities hub. The city was founded in 1914 as a railroad construction camp and has grown into a modern metropolis with a rich history and diverse population. One of the top attractions in Anchorage is the Anchorage Museum, which offers exhibits on Alaska’s indigenous history, culture, and art. Visitors can also explore the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which features traditional dances, storytelling, and exhibits on Alaska’s native cultures. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Anchorage’s location on the Cook Inlet and the nearby Chugach Mountains. Visitors can hike on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which offers stunning views of the water and the mountains. They can also go fishing or kayaking in the inlet or take a helicopter tour to see the glaciers from above.
A must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, is the Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Tongass National Forest and stretching over twelve miles long from the Juneau Icefield to the beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Visitors can take a guided tour to walk on the glacier or explore the surrounding area on foot, with the popular Mendenhall Glacier Trail offering a beautiful forest hike and stunning views of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Another popular option is the East Glacier Trail, taking hikers to a scenic overlook of the glacier.