Recommending Cannabis in Alaska

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be physicians that are either (i) licensed to practice medicine in the state of Alaska or (ii) an officer in the regular medical service of the armed forces of the United States or the United States Public Health Service while in the discharge of their official duties, or volunteering services without pay or other remuneration to a hospital, clinic, medical office, or other medical facility in Alaska.[1]

Qualifying conditions include: Cancer, Glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (“AIDS”), or treatment for any of these conditions; any chronic or debilitating disease or treatment for such diseases, which produces for a specific patient, one of more of the following, and for which in the professional opinion of the patient’s physician, such condition or conditions reasonably may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana: cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures (including those that are characteristic of epilepsy), or persistent muscle spasms (including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis).  The Department of Health and Social Services (the “Department”) may expand this list.[2]



[1] Alaska Stat. § 17.37.070.

[2] Alaska Stat. § 17.37.070.