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Who qualifies for a Medical Marijuana Registry Card in Alaska?

He or she must be a legal resident of the state of Alaska, and have recommendation from a doctor stating that he or she is being treated for a qualifying, debilitating medical condition to be eligible to apply for a Medical Marijuana Registration Card. Alaska state issued MMR cards are only valid in Alaska.  

The following are qualifying medical conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS

A patient may also qualify if a certified physician recommends medical marijuana to treat certain qualifying symptoms. The following are qualifying symptoms:

  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Severe pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Persistent muscle spasms including those associated with multiple sclerosis.

I qualify for a MMR card. How do I apply?

First, obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from your doctor. Not all doctors are willing to recommend medical marijuana treatments. Cancer, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS are 3 of the qualifying medical conditions.

Make sure to include the following documents in your application packet:

  1. The original, completed application form. Photocopies will NOT be accepted. A witness must be present when the applicant signs and dates the application. The witness must also sign and date the application.
  2. The original, completed Physician Statement (included in the application packet). Photocopies will NOT be accepted.
  3. A legible copy of the patient’s Alaska state issued identification card.
  4. If you choose to enlist the services of a caregiver, you must include a Primary Caregiver Application for Medical Marijuana Registry (included in the application packet), and a copy of the caregiver’s state issued identification card.
  5. Non-refundable Application Fee of $25.00. This can be in the form of a check or money order made out to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. Checks must be pre-printed with the patient’s name and address.
  6. ONLY IF THE PATIENT IS A MINOR, the application packet must also include a written statement from the patient’s legal guardian stating that the physician has clearly explained all risks and benefits, and that the guardian consents to serve as the primary caregiver in control of the acquisition, possession, and dosage of the medical marijuana.

Once the application packet is complete, mail all documents to:

Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics Marijuana Registry
P.O. Box 110699
Juneau, AK 99811‐0699

All items must be submitted in one envelope. It is suggested to mail using a “return receipt service,” so that you have confirmation your application was received.

Allow 35 days for application processing. If your application is approved, your medical marijuana registry card will be mailed to the address provided on the application. If your application is denied, you will receive a denial letter, and must wait at least 6 months to apply again.

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