Ballot Measure 8 was passed on November 03, 1998 by 58% of voters, the State of Alaska medical marijuana program became effective March 04, 1999, legally allowing patients to receive an Alaska medical marijuana letter of recommendation from a certified physician.
On June 02, 1999, Senate Bill 94 was amended, mandating that all patients seeking legal protection under this act, must enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card. Patients who do not enroll in the registry will not be able to argue the “affirmative defense of medical necessity” if they are arrested on cannabis charges.
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Patients must apply for a State-issued Medical Marijuana ID Card and have the ability to grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per Alaska state guidelines.
Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811-0699
Phone: (907) 465-5423
Email: [email protected]
Website: Alaska Marijuana Registry Online
In 2014, Alaska voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use by a 53-47 percent margin. However, the state’s Supreme Court ruled nearly 40 years earlier that adults could legally possess and use small amounts of weed in their homes. The Alaska medical marijuana program allows patients to have up to an ounce of weed in their possession.
While most residents and officials have a somewhat relaxed view when it comes to marijuana, there are occasionally some issues that cause consternation among the more conservative people in the state. For example, in February 2017, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board was considering a proposal that would allow people shopping in retail cannabis stores to smoke inside those stores. However, due to concerns about secondhand smoke, as well as a reticence toward drawing too much attention to marijuana use in the state, the Board decided to pull the proposal off of the table.
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There were a lot of concerns with the establishment of a new administration that the federal government would crack down on pot use in states such as Alaska where it is legal. However, a spokesperson with the Alaska attorney general’s office said she didn’t believe the federal government could overturn state law. She also stated that she believed federal enforcement would continue to focus on keeping marijuana revenue from major criminal enterprises and distribution to minors.
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