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Cannabis in Alaska is legal for recreational use. 

The state of Alaska collected its first full month of cannabis tax proceeds in November 2016, raising $80,000 for the state; cannabis buds are taxed at $50/oz and stems and leaves at $15/oz. The state reported FY 2017 marijuana tax revenue of $1,745,767 (cultivators only - not retail).

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History


  • Decriminalization

    1982

    In 1982, following the Ravin decision, Alaska's legislature decriminalized possession of up to 4 ounces of cannabis in the home, or one ounce outside the home.

  • Recriminalization

    1990

    Alaska Measure 2 (1990) or the Alaska Marijuana Criminalization Initiative was a successful 1990 ballot measure in the U.S. state of Alaska; the initiative stated that it: "would change Alaska's laws by making all such possession of marijuana criminal, with possible penalties of up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $1000 fine."

  • Alaska Legalized Medical Marijuana

    1998-11-03

    Fifty-eight percent of voters approved Ballot Measure #8. The law took effect on March 4, 1999. It removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they 'might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.

  • Legalization

    2015-02-24

    Alaska Measure 2 was a successful 2014 ballot measure, described as "An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana." The measure went into effect on 24 February 2015, allowing Alaskans age 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis and six plants, making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana, following Colorado and Washington. Oregon and Alaska both voted in legalization on Election Day 2014, but Alaska preceded Oregon in enacting their legislation.


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