1 December, 2019

Status: Legal


1975: Decriminalisation 
1990: Recriminalisation 
1998: Medical legalisation 
2003: Recriminalisation struck down by court 
2006: Recriminalisation 
2014: Recreational legalisation 

Policy Framework:


  • Only people of 21 years of age or older can possess and use marijuana legally;
  • Consumption of marijuana in public places is prohibited except in designated consumption-licensed cannabis stores;
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal;
  • Anyone over the age of 21 can possess up to six cannabis plants, three of which are allowed to be mature and flowering at a time;
  • Anyone over the age of 21 can give away up to an ounce of cannabis to another adult (21+);
  • Employers can have anti-cannabis policies;
  • Taxation: mature buds have a flat tax rate of $US50 per ounce.


  • Suppliers must have an updated license to sell cannabis;
  • Criminal record limitations on the obtention of license;
  • Both retailers and cultivation facilities must be licensed;
  • Limits on quantity sold (AAC 306.355);
  • Limitations on packaging and labels repealed;


  • The percentage of high school students using marijuana changed little between 2007 (21%) and 2017 (22%). Among Alaskans ages 12 and older, between the 2002–2003 and 2014–2015 data collection cycles, there was an increase in past month daily marijuana use;
  • Fatal car accidents appear to have decreased;
  • Tax revenue generated in 2019 from marijuana reached $US22.1 million;
  • Medical opioid prescriptions decreased by around 29%, saving spending on an opioid medication by millions;
  • Cannabis abuse disorders for Alaskans above the age of 12 decreased between 2005 and 2017 (from 2.9% to 2.6%).



Stay in the loop: Subscribe to updates