Medical marijuana usage was legalized in 1998
Alaska has always been a state worthy of a visit. The scenery, the fishing, the wilderness – and marijuana. Even as far back as 1975, the state has recognized the citizens’ right to privacy, as evidenced by the Alaska Supreme Court decision in Raven v. State that recognized the individual’s right to possess, cultivate and consume small quantities of marijuana in his own home. When medicinal marijuana was legalized in 1998, it just cemented the state’s position and opened the doors to a number of specialty clubs that help travelers.
Clubs like the Alaska Cannabis Club offer assistance to patients and visitors so they can find where to purchase marijuana since Alaska doesn’t operate dispensaries. The group even has a clubhouse in Anchorage where marijuana can be consumed.
Medical marijuana cardholders are legally allowed to possess one ounce of usable marijuana and grow up to six plants, of which only three may be mature and flowering at any given time. In 2014, recreational marijuana usage was legalized for anyone 21 years of age or older. It also paved the way for the legal manufacture, possession and sale of marijuana paraphernalia.
However, public consumption is still illegal. It is punishable by a fine of $100 and drivers smoking marijuana can be punished for driving under the influence.
Alaska has a strain of marijuana that has become very popular due to its strength, and probably its name. It is called Alaskan Thunder Fuck (ATF) and is an extremely potent Sativa strain. It originated in the Manatuska Valley and is now found in different areas around the state. ATF has morphed since expanding out of the valley and now has a variety of potencies, depending on where it is grown.