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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Alaska

Print an Application

You’ll first need to print out an Application for Medical Marijuana Registry, found on the state’s medical cannabis webpage.

See Your Doctor

Bring your application and medical history to a licensed medical doctor. To acquire a medical cannabis card in Alaska, you must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.

Fill Out Your Application

Read and fill out the application. Minors or caregivers require further details. Missing or wrong information may result in your application being denied. By law, you may only apply for a medical cannabis card in Alaska once every 6 months.

Mail Your Application and Payment

Once you’ve completed the application, mail it to the state's registry with a check or money order payable to the Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Why get a medical cannabis card in Alaska?
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Med card holders in Alaska can save up to 3 to 5% on every purchase.
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Purchasing legal medical cannabis from a dispensary ensures you're using safe, tested product.
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Med patients receive legal protections that aren’t available to consumers without a med card.
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Get support from a qualified practitioner who can answer your healthcare and cannabis questions.
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Qualifying conditions in Alaska

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures, including epilepsy
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Wasting syndrome or cachexia

How to be a medical cannabis caregiver in Alaska

Minors with qualifying conditions are eligible for medical cannabis cards in Alaska under the supervision of caregivers. Adult medical cannabis patients may also opt for or require a caregiver as well. 

A caregiver must be 21 years of age, never convicted of a felony or on parole. Alaska allows patients to have one primary caregiver and one alternative. Caregivers, as either a primary or alternative, may only care for one patient at a time. Exceptions are made for caregivers caring for more than one cannabis patient simultaneously who is related to them.

Caregivers must fill out all the required information on the Application for Medical Marijuana Registry form and mail it to the state along with their patient’s application and payment. If approved, the caregivers will receive their registry identification card.

To qualify as your caregiver, they must:

  • Be 21 or older
  • Never been convicted of a felony
  • Not currently be on probation

Caregivers cannot:

  • Use cannabis in a way that endangers the health of any person
  • Use cannabis in plain view or public
  • Sell cannabis
  • Distribute cannabis to anyone other than their designated patient
  • Possess more than an ounce of cannabis or more than 6 plants

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How to register for a med card in Alaska

To register for a medical cannabis card in Alaska, you’ll need to print out an application from the state’s website. Read over the application carefully, and then make an appointment with your doctor. 

Once the physician reviews your medical information, and if you are approved, have them fill out their portion of the paperwork. If the patient is a minor or if a caregiver is needed, additional information is required. Once all the information is filled out, mail in the paperwork and payment to the state. 

The fee for a new application is $25, and $20 for a timely renewal. If approved, your card is valid for one year.

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How to renew your med card in Alaska

Renewing your medical marijuana card in AK is an annual requirement for the program. 

Thankfully, the process for how to renew your Alaska medical cannabis card isn’t complicated. And NuggMD makes the process even easier! 

  • We’ll send you an email reminder when it’s time to renew,
  • Sign into NuggMD to meet with one of our state-certified medical practitioners,
  • Follow the provided steps to complete your med card renewal with the state.

Whether you got your initial recommendation with NuggMD or another doctor or service in the state, our medical marijuana doctors are standing by.

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We are a team of cannabis and technology professionals focused on connecting you with state-licensed doctors. We believe all people deserve access to medical cannabis if they think it might improve their quality of life. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve held ourselves and our partners to the highest standards to ensure every patient we serve is able to access reliable cannabis information, trustworthy medical practitioners, and proactive updates on the cannabis healthcare ecosystem and legislation that may affect their experience as a medical cannabis patient.

 

Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or thinking of becoming a first-time medical marijuana patient, our network of doctors will listen to your needs and give you an honest opinion about whether they think cannabis can help. Billed only if approved.

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Frequently asked. Frequently answered.

  • Alaska residents with qualifying medical conditions diagnosed by a licensed medical physician who recommends medical cannabis as treatment are eligible for a medical marijuana card. Minors require a parent or guardian as a caregiver.

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Persistent muscle spasms
    • Seizures, including epilepsy
    • Severe or chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Wasting syndrome or cachexia
  • The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services accepts requests from patients or doctors to add debilitating medical conditions to the list. They will be approved or denied within 180 days that they are submitted.

  • Both medical and recreational patients have the same restrictions on purchase limits. Medical patients in Alaska may gain additional legal protections that aren’t available to recreational consumers. Additionally, Alaska med card holders may save on taxes and can have a caregiver purchase and administer their cannabis treatment to them.

  • The cost of your doctors visit will depend on your health insurance and provider. To submit a new application to the state is $25, and $20 for a timely renewal.

  • Cannabis, whether medical or recreational, remains federally illegal. This status prohibits health insurance from covering medical cannabis as treatment. This may change as legislation develops.

  • NuggMD does currently not offer its services in Alaska. Once you submit the state’s application and payment, you should receive a response in 45-90 days.

  • With NuggMD, you are ONLY charged for your evaluation if you are approved. We believe everyone deserves access to a qualified medical cannabis doctor, and the cost of an evaluation shouldn’t be a barrier.

  • You’ll only be charged if you’re approved for your medical marijuana certification. If not, your evaluation is free! Once you’ve been certified, a refund for services will no longer be available. Please send an email to support@nuggmd.com with the subject line “Refund Request” and a brief description of your issue. We want to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your purchase being that you, the customer, are the most important thing to us! Once a refund has been initiated, please allow 3-5 business days for the funds to transfer back to the card you used for the transaction. A refund is no longer available more than 30 days after the date of your evaluation. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach back out for further assistance.

  • You can see any Alaska state-licensed to assess your qualifying condition and discuss medical cannabis treatment, as long as there is a “bona fide physician-patient relationship.”

  • This depends on the state to which you’re traveling. Each state has different rules regarding reciprocity, and some don’t allow it at all. Check with your destination state to learn more.

  • No, Alaska only offers medical cannabis to residents of the state with a valid photo ID.