Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes
Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: Yes
2018 Medical Sales : $3,000,000
2022 Projected Medical Sales : $3,000,000
2018 Adult Use Sales : $28,000,000
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : $119,000,000
Noteworthy Information: Alaska's first recreational sale took place in late 2016. The state's recreational program is in the process of issuing more licenses. Alaska's medical program is limited to a card registry for patients and caregivers, with no business licenses. The legislature passed a law in July 2016 that allows municipalities to prohibit recreational cannabis licenses.
Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Recreational: Yes (Marijuana Control Board)
# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): Recreational - No limit indicated. (54 active licenses issued)
# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): Recreational - No limit indicated. (109 active)
# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): Recreational - No limit indicated. (8 active)
# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): Recreational - No limit indicated.(3 active)
Geographic Distribution of Licenses: Recreational - No required distribution indicated Medical: n/a
New License Application=$1000
Application to transfer License=$1000
Renewal Application=$600 ($1600 if Late)
Application for Change of Name= $250
Modification of Premises= $250
Change in Operating Plan= $250
Application for Approval of New Marijuana product= $250
Change in ownership fee= $250
Retailer License Fee= $5000
Limited Cultivation License Fee= $1000
Cultivation License Fee= $5000
Extract Only Manufacturer License Fee= $1000
Manufacturer License Fee= $5000
Testing License Fee=$1000
Marijuana Handler Permit Card Fee=$50
Fingerprint Fees= $47.00
A person other than a licensee may not have a direct or indirect financial interest in the business for which a marijuana establishment license is issued.
The board will not issue a marijuana establishment license to
(1) an individual or a sole proprietorship unless the individual or proprietor is a
resident of the state;
(2) a partnership unless each partner is a resident of the state;
(3) a limited liability company unless the limited liability company is qualified to
do business in the state, and each member of the limited liability company is a resident of the
(4) a corporation unless the corporation is incorporated or qualified to do
business in the state, and each shareholder is a resident of the state.
Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited:
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions:
1. Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or treatment for any of these conditions;
2. Any chronic or debilitating disease or treatment for such diseases, which produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following, and for which, in the professional opinion of the patient’s physician, such condition or conditions reasonably may be alleviated by the medical use of the marijuana: cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic or multiple sclerosis; or
3. Any other medical condition, or treatment for such condition, approved by the department, under regulations adopted under AS17.37.060 or approval of a petition submitted under AS17.37.060.
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State By State Licensing Information
Legality of Cannabis in the United States
Leary v. United States (1969)
Ravin v. State (1975)
Conant v. McCaffrey (2000)
Gonzales v. Raich (2005)
Moncrieffe v. Holder (2013)