2020-21 Improvements and Recommendations
Alaska’s regulators made their emergency COVID measures, including home delivery and curbside pickup, permanent in March of 2021. In the legislature, Alaska’s neglect for their medical cannabis program and patients have contributed to a continued decline in patient interest. In their fifth summer of adult use retail, participation in Alaska’s medical cannabis program has continued to wane, now reaching fewer than 400 participants.
When looking at the state of medical cannabis in Alaska, one must weigh the costs to enter the program against the benefits. Patients are not provided with any additional protections for areas where patients commonly face discrimination such as housing, parental rights, organ transplants, employment, and DUI charges. The state must work to provide these anti-discrimination protections. Otherwise, it is clear that patient participation will continue to shrink.