Alaska has had legal recreational cannabis since 2014. Now that all the regulations are in place, and stores have finally opened their doors to the public, figuring out how to buy legal marijuana in Alaska is easy.
Alaska has always had some of the most liberal weed laws in the country. So if you’re a weed tourist looking for a new destination, Alaska is a great bet.
Before Leaving For Alaska
Alaska makes buying legal cannabis simple. Under the state’s constitutional cannabis law, anyone 21 years of age or over can buy and use recreational cannabis in a private place.
So, you don’t need to be a resident, or even have an Alaska ID. All you’ll need is some government-issued ID, literally from anywhere in the world, which verifies you are of legal age to buy and consume cannabis. Even better, you don’t need any or documentation or special card for recreational purchases or consumption.
You'll need cash. Federal prohibitions prevent legal marijuana businesses from using banks and other financial services.
Alaska is a big state, and retail cannabis stores are mostly located in major cities like Juneau and Anchorage. Even then, there aren’t that many. So if you will be in a smaller town or rural Alaska, you will likely have to make a special trip.
What You Need to Do After Arriving Alaska
Buying legal cannabis in Alaska as a tourist couldn’t be easier. Just make sure you have an ID with you, and head to any recreational cannabis store of your choice.
Spend a little time exploring weed in Alaska, and you’re bound to hear about the Alaska Cannabis Club - a private, membership-only organization that serves the medical marijuana community.
Since logistical reasons make it difficult for some medical patients to find marijuana in Alaska, the Alaska Cannabis Club connects medical weed cardholders in need with those who have greens.
Interestingly, the Alaska Cannabis Club offers members a secure downtown Anchorage location for public weed use. Club members can consume marijuana inside the Clubhouse. The bad news for visitors is that you will need an Alaska medical cannabis card to join.
So for visitors, the only option is to visit a state-licensed retail cannabis store and consume your cannabis in private.
What to Expect At the Weed Store
Once you’ve found and located the perfect recreational storefront, here’s how to buy legal weed in Alaska:
- Bring your documents. Make sure to bring your government-issued ID along with you.
- Register. When you enter, expect some security. The front-desk clerk will check your ID and verify your age. After this process, you’ll hear a small buzz letting you through the door to the actual retail space. Congrats, you’re in!
- Take your time. Don’t be shy about checking around and asking questions about products that are unfamiliar or exciting to you. Currently, the most popular cannabis products in Alaska are edibles and high-THC flower. Budtenders will help you decide, so don’t forget to tip!
- Buy wisely. When you enter the retail store, try to contain your excitement! If you’re new to dispensaries, you will be overwhelmed by the choices. And since you can buy up to an ounce of flower in a single transaction, there’s a risk you’ll purchase way more than you could ever hope to smoke or eat during your trip! Fortunately, you can gift any of your leftovers.
- Don’t hang around. Finally, absolutely don't touch or open your products after buying them. Your budtender will package your goodies up in a discreet container. You may be excited to peep at them on your way out of the store. But it’s illegal to consume cannabis in public. And weed stores are tightly regulated and could get in serious trouble for this. So once you receive your purchase, leave immediately. Get a safe distance away from the store before you peep your stash.