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Get to Know Alaska's Recreational Marijuana Laws

February 1, 2017


For those of you who weren't aware, February 1st, 2017 is National Baked Alaska Day. A 'Baked Alaska' is a fancy meringue covered ice cream sponge cake, but there's really no certainty as to how the dessert got its name.


Since the toasted cake's name has been rumored to date back to the Alaska Purchase in 1867, we thought today would be a great opportunity to brief cannabis users on what you need to know about Alaska's state recreational marijuana laws. 


Getting Baked in Alaska


Whether you are a resident of Alaska or just visiting, this will guide you through some of the most commonly asked questions regarding marijuana in Alaska




Recreational marijuana is legal in Alaska, but you can't just carry as much as you want. Possession is capped at 1 ounce before it then becomes a misdemeanor. Possession of between 1 and 4 ounces of marijuana will lead to big fines and potential jail time. With 4 or more ounces of weed, you're looking at a hefty felony charge. 




Recreational marijuana legal in Alaska, but you have to be 21 or older to consume marijuana in Alaska. While it is totally legal to give marijuana to your buddy as a gift, it is illegal to give marijuana to a minor. Minors with qualifying medical conditions can get their medical marijuana product through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Medical Marijuana program.




You can't go smoking a joint wherever you want, and you certainly can't spark up to go for a blunt cruise. Public usage of marijuana is still banned by law, which covers parks, schools, roads and more. Beyond that, driving or operating any motor vehicle (ATVs, snowmobiles, jet-skis etc.) while under the influence of marijuana is also illegal in Alaska.  If you are going to consume marijuana in Alaska, do it in the privacy of your own home (unless you live in a housing association specifically banning such activities). 




Cultivation of cannabis by adults over age 21 is 100% legal. Don't go planting greenhouses full of marijuana plants though, you are capped at growing, possessing, and gifting a maximum of 6 cannabis plants at a time. With that said, there is a lower maximum of 3 marijuana plants that can be flowering at any given time.




Last but not least is gifting. As mentioned above, gifting less than an ounce or 6 plants is legal in Alaska (as long as it's between adults over 21 or older). Let's be clear though, gifting is gifting! That means absolutely no monetary exchange etc. Even possession of less than an ounce with intent to distribute is a misdemeanor, and anything over an ounce is a felony. Either way... intent to distribute marijuana leads to massive multi-thousand dollar fines and jail time. 




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