On November 3, 1998, 58% of Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure 8, which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who possess written documentation from their physician advising that they “might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.”

Senate Bill 94 was passed in 1999 and mandated that all patients seeking legal protection under this act mustenroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card, also referred to as a medical marijuana card, pot card or cannabis card. Patients or their primary caregivers may legally possess up to one ounce of usable marijuana, and may cultivate up to six marijuana plants, of which no more than three may be mature.