Alaska is one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to cannabis policy, both for consumers and business owners. Alaska passed Ballot Measure 2 in February 2015 to become the 3rd state in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis.
CBD from Hemp Oil in Alaska
Hemp CBD oil is federally legal in the U.S. Individual state laws, however, are dynamic and some states have and will enact their own laws regulating hemp-derived CBD. Alaska may be one such state that governs hemp-derived CBD.
Medical Cannabis in Alaska
Medical cannabis became legal in Alaska in 1999. With written approval from their physicians, patients can possess or transport up to 1 ounce of cannabis flower.
Under Alaska’s law, approved conditions include:
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- HIV or AIDS
- Multiple Sclerosis
Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
You can find the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Medical Marijuana Registry website here.
Recreational Cannabis in Alaska
Recreational cannabis became legal in Alaska in November 2014 after voters approved Measure 2, which allows the possession, use, and sale of adult use cannabis for adults aged 21 and older.
Under the law, individuals can carry up to 1 ounce of cannabis at home or in a vehicle. Driving under the influence of marijuana can result in a DUI or OUI arrest. Carrying even trace amounts of recreational cannabis outside of Alaska by vehicle or through a mail service is illegal under federal law.
Possession of more than 1 ounce of recreational cannabis is punishable to up to 5 years in jail and fines up to $50,000. Sale of recreational cannabis can lead to incarcerations up to 10 years and fines up to $100,000.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Alaska
State law allows adults 21 and older to grow up to six plants on their personal properties, with up to one of the three plants mature at any one time. Trimmings from these plants can be shared with adults over 21, but money cannot be exchanged. Transportation of up to 6 immature plants is also legal.
Registered medical marijuana patients can grow up to six plants at home, although no more than three may be mature at any given time.