Today is a big day for cannabis connoisseurs everywhere, but especially in Alaska, as The Last Frontier became the third state to allow recreational cannabis use by adults.
(It’s also a big day for AP photographer Mark Thiessen, whose picture of Charlo Greene was used in almost every article I looked at to write this blurb.)
It is now legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess and transport up to an ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants, with three flowering. You are of course allowed to give away up to an ounce of cannabis, provided you have an ounce to spare. Once you’ve grown or been gifted your cannabis it can be consumed in private, but not in public, anywhere.
It is still very much illegal to buy and sell marijuana in Alaska, and it’s possible the first shops won’t open until May of 2016. One of the major stipulations of Ballot Measure 2 was that it would make no changes to Alaska’s existing medical marijuana laws, which only permit private grows. You are not allowed to barter for your cannabis.
So, since cannabis was illegal in Alaska yesterday, and no place is legally allowed to sell it, and it takes a few months to grow your own plant if you were able to find some seeds immediately, it seems like the your best option for procuring some cannabis in Alaska is to find someone who had already been growing it for themselves medicinally and remind them that as of right now they are legally allowed to give you up to an ounce of it.
Better hurry up with those regulated shops, Alaska. If too many people give away their weed no one will want to buy any.