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As if the good people of Alaska don’t have a hard enough time to begin with, what with the crazy weather, a depressed economy, and the ghost of Sarah Palin lurking around in search of new reality television show opportunities at every turn. An ailment of some sort can make your life a real pain, but a potential solution is out there. If you need to get medical marijuana in Alaska for a legitimate medical condition, it could be harder than you’d think – unless you have a valid Medical Marijuana Registry Card.
How to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Registry Card
If you need to get medical marijuana in Alaska, the first thing that’s required is to prove you’re a patient with a legitimate medical need. All of the information you need is available through the State of Alaska – Bureau of Vital Statistics website, where you can download the Marijuana Application Packet. The packet includes the “Application for Registry Identification Card for Medical Use of Marijuana” and very clearly specifies what’s needed in order to obtain the card and get medical marijuana.
The Devil’s in the Details
There are actually multiple applications in the packet that need to be filled out, including: Application for Registry Identification Card For Medical Use of Marijuana, Primary Caregiver Application For Medical Use of Marijuana Applicant, Alternate Caregiver Application For Medical Use of Marijuana Applicant, and Physician Statement.
If you are able to get medical marijuana in Alaska for medicinal purposes and can think clearly afterward, read through Alaska Statute 17.37.010 which spells specific details.
Here are the highlights of what’s needed to obtain a Medical Marijuana Registry Card:
- The original completed application forms, including the applicant’s name, mailing address, physical address (if different from the mailing address or the mailing address is a P.O. Box), and date of birth; a photocopy of the applicant’s Alaska driver’s license or Alaska identification card; the applicant’s signature; the name, address, and telephone number of the patient’s physician; the name and address of the patient’s primary and secondary caregiver, if one is designated at the time of application; a photocopy of the primary or secondary caregivers (if applicable) Alaska driver’s license or Alaska identification card; and the primary and secondary caregivers signature.
- If the applicant is a minor, the parent or guardian must present an original statement giving the minor permission to use marijuana for medical purposes, and agreement to serve as the minor’s primary caregiver.
- The original signed physician’s statement which states the patient has a legitimate medical condition and the patient would benefit from the use of marijuana to control pain, symptoms, or other conditions related to the ailment.
- A non-refundable application fee of $25. The renewal fee is $20 if the card has expired.
Eligible conditions that a patient can have include Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS. A patient may also qualify if he or she has symptoms caused by a chronic or debilitating disease which manifest themselves in the form of cachexia, severe pain, nausea, seizures, or continual muscle spasms.
Oddly enough, the state of Alaska says that while a patient may qualify and receive a Medical Marijuana Registry Card, that person cannot legally purchase marijuana. Instead, the patient, primary caregiver, or alternate caregiver must grow and harvest the plant on their own. The state is more than willing to accept, review, and approve or deny a registry card application – not to mention the non-refundable application fee – but in order to get medical marijuana in Alaska, patients must find seed collectives in order to buy seeds.
All of our information comes from, and will direct you to, that state’s specific governing body. We will not direct you to any 3rd party or otherwise externally collected information. We believe that putting patients in touch with information directly from their state is the safest way of helping people obtain medical marijuara. We’ve sorted through those sometimes laborious state run websites and will guide you to the right sections, forms, applications, applicable rules and laws, and anything else you need to get medical marijuana safely and legally.