Regulatory Framework

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) is the primary regulatory agency for both adult-use and medical cannabis in Alaska [1]. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development houses the AMCO [1]. The Bureau of Health Analytics & Vital Records in Alaska handles the medical-use cannabis patient registry. [5]

Legal Status

Market Status
Adult-Use Legal, Ballot Measure 2 (2015) [11]
Medical Legal, Alaska Stat. §§17.37.10 – 17.37.80 (2007) [13]
Homegrow Legal with limitations, Ravin v. State, 537 P.2d 494 (Alaska 1975) [16]


Alaska utilizes Metrc for its track-and-trace system [2].


There are six types of marijuana establishment licenses in Alaska [10]:

  • Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities
  • Marijuana Concentrate Manufacturing Facilities
  • Marijuana Testing Facilities
  • Retail Marijuana Stores

Possession Limits

Adults 21 and over are allowed to possess:

Market Status
Marijuana outside their private residence 1 ounce (28.35 grams) [9]
Marijuana within their private residence 4 ounces (113.4 grams) [9]
Homegrow Up to 24 marijuana plants on a single premise, with no more than 12 mature plants [9]

Medical Cannabis

Patients can register for the medical marijuana program if they have a qualifying condition and a statement from their physician [9]. Some qualifying conditions include: [13]

  • Cachexia
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Pain or Severe Pain

Registered patients can designate a primary caregiver who must be at least 21 years old and meet other requirements [13].

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