Alaska Medical Marijuana License

Medical Marijuana in Alaska

Alaska has been an incredibly aggressive state from the perspective of legalizing cannabis. Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer (R) signed the state’s approved regulations for onsite consumption on March 12, 2019. The laws went into effect April 11, 2019. The onsite consumption rules give each local government jurisdiction over its own county, and ability to decide its own onsite consumption regulations, such as prohibiting on-site use outright or to tighten restrictions, such as limiting consumption to vaporizing only.

In 1998, 58% of Alaska voters approved Measure 8, a law which provides a legal defense to non-registered patients and those who can demonstrate adequate need to possess large quantities of medical marijuana. On November 4, 2014, 53% of voters approved Measure 2, also known as AS 17.38 or Alaska Marijuana Legalization Initiative, allowing for the regulation, production, sale, and use of marijuana for adult use. Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 2 went into effect February 2015 and the first licensed recreational marijuana businesses were authorized to begin operations in Alaska in 2016.

Qualifying Conditions

Alaska’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) runs the Medical Marijuana Registry. Patients must be diagnosed with one of the debilitating conditions below to qualify for medical marijuana use:

  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic or severe pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe nausea

Alaska Medical Cannabis Applications

Alaska continues to accept applications for marijuana businesses on a rolling basis. All applications require a location.

The Marijuana Control Board does not limit the number of adult-use marijuana licenses it can issue at the state level. However, Measure 2, specifically, AS 17.38.110(b) states that local governments can restrict the time, place, manner and number of marijuana licenses. As a result, it is important to look into whether the local government to make sure of the local limit on where to open a dispensary or other marijuana business.

Marijuana license types: Alaska’s adult-use marijuana industry includes six types of marijuana establishment licenses:

  1. Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  2. Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  3. Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities
  4. Marijuana Concentrate Manufacturing Facilities
  5. Marijuana Testing Manufacturing Facilities
  6. Retail Marijuana Store

Adult-use Application and Admin Fees

  • New Application Fee: $1000
  • Transfer Application Fee: $1000
  • Renewal Application Fee: $600
  • Fingerprint Fee: $48.25 (per person)
  • Business Name Change Fee (MJ-13): $250
  • Licensed Premises Diagram Change Fee (MJ-14): $250
  • Operating Plan Change Fee (MJ-15): $250
  • Proposed New Marijuana Product Fee (MJ-16): $250 (per product)
  • Ownership Change Fee (MJ-17): $250
  • Conversion Application Fee: $1000
  • Onsite Consumption Endorsement Application Fee: $1000
  • Onsite Consumption Endorsement Fee: $2000

Adult-use License Fees

  • Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facilities: $5,000
  • Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facilities: $1,000
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities: $5,000
  • Marijuana Concentrate Manufacturing Facilities: $1,000
  • Marijuana Testing Manufacturing Facilities: $1,000
  • Retail Marijuana Store: $5,000

Adult-use Renewal Fees

  • Limited Marijuana Cultivation Facilities: $1,400
  • Marijuana Concentrate Manufacturing Facilities: $2,000
  • Marijuana Testing Facilities: $2,000
  • Standard Marijuana Cultivation Facilities: $7,000
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities: $7,000
  • Retail Marijuana Store: $7,000

The application process for Marijuana Business Licenses remains open in Alaska. If you are interested in pursuing a marijuana business license in Alaska, you should contact us to begin to put together a comprehensive plan. You can provide your information here to be notified of any changes or updates to the marijuana business licensing process in Alaska. If you are interested in acquiring an Alaska marijuana business license, then contact us to discuss your options.

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