Alaska became one of the first states in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana back in 2015. Still, while the use of cannabis may now be available to the public, the purchase of it is still limited. But still made traveling to Alaska a lot more fun.
In fact, the first Alaskan cannabis retail stores and manufacturers were not approved until October 2016, nearly a year after the law had originally been passed. The delay is due to the state needing to finalize laws on the taxing, licensing and distributing of cannabis to the public.
So where can residents and tourists turn to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana? There are currently only a dozen recreational dispensaries (non-medicinal) in the state, but that doesn't mean they are the only ones offering cannabis. Medical dispensaries have an advantage in this area with state laws permitting the recreational sales of marijuana for dispensaries that choose to offer it.
Locals can also attend marijuana events through the special invitation from cannabis clubs within the area. Of course, membership with these clubs does come with membership fees. Tourists and residents that hold medical marijuana cards are still able to purchase marijuana from any state dispensaries as long as they are able to present their card and government issued license proving they are at least 21 years old. It's important to remember that neither residents or tourists are permitted to take any amount of cannabis outside of Alaska state lines, or drive while under the influence of cannabis.
Keep in mind that as the state finalizes retail laws concerning cannabis, more recreational stores will be made available. So be sure to regularly follow up with the development of cannabis laws and the addition of new dispensaries and retail cannabis shops near you.