On November 3rd, 1998, 58% of Alaskan voter’s approved the removal of criminal penalties on using, possessing and growing marijuana as long as they have documentation from their doctor stating they would benefit from medical marijuana. The law became effective March 4th, 1999.
Conditions for Doctor approval include Cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizures, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity, and nausea. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Patients can have up to one ounce of dried marijuana, and may cultivate six marijuana plants. Of those six, only three may be mature. Alaska has a confidential state-run patient registry that issues identification cards to qualifying patients.