Cannabis in Alaska
Marijuana Venture’s ongoing series on every legal market in the United States explores the ever-changing rules and regulations, market trends, demographics, business leaders and more for each state that has legalized recreational marijuana. This month takes us to the Last Frontier and quite possible the most unique state where cannabis is legal: Alaska.
Alaska has long taken an out-of-sight, out-of-mind legal stance on cannabis, dating back to the Ravin v. State court decision in 1975 that determined the right to privacy enshrined in the state constitution protects adults’ ability to possess a small amount of marijuana in their home for personal use. Even prior to that landmark court ruling, Alaska has decriminalized and recriminalized cannabis multiple times in the past 45 years. The state officially legalized medical marijuana through a ballot measure in 1998, but residents rejected bills to fully legalize cannabis in 2000 and 2004, before finally succeeding with Measure 2 in 2014, making it the fourth state to allow recreational sales.
Today, Alaska’s burgeoning cannabis industry reaches nearly every corner of the state’s massive and awe-inspiring 663,000-square-mile expanse.
Next month, Marijuana Venture will look at Northern California (April), followed by Southern California (May), Nevada (June), Massachusetts (July) and other states in future months. For information about upcoming issues or to learn about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, email Editor@ MarijuanaVenture.com.
A special thanks to all the sponsors who helped make this issue possible: AK Slow Burn, AM Delight, Bad Gramm3r, JDW Counsel, Moose Garden, Nature’s ReLeaf, Rosie Creek Farm, Scorpion Grass and The Stoney Moose.
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