Alaska Courts Clear Past Cannabis Convictions From State Database

The Alaska Supreme Court will clear the records of about 750 cannabis convictions from a state database in a move to help protect past offenders from the negative impact of a criminal record for conduct that’s no longer against the law. Under an order signed by the court’s five justices in January, records of past marijuana offenses will be removed from Courtview, the state’s online database of court cases, on May 1.

The court’s action continues the push to expunge convictions for cannabis-related offenses in states that have legalized marijuana in an attempt to mitigate the harms caused by years of cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs. The order applies to cases in which the defendant was at least 21 years old, and possession of up to one ounce of cannabis was the only charge.

Legislative attempts by lawmakers to remove cannabis convictions from Courtview have so far been unsuccessful, although bills are pending for the current legislative session. The action by the Supreme Court largely accomplishes the goal, but the new policy doesn’t remove the records of cannabis-related convictions from all state databases. Attorney Jana Weltzin said the move is a positive development for cannabis policy reform efforts in Alaska.

“If you’re older than 21 and you violated simple marijuana possession—meaning marijuana under an ounce—and you had it on your person, and it’s not connected with any other crime, then the Supreme Court of Alaska says we’re removing those from Courtview,” Weltzin told local media.

Nancy Meade, general counsel for the Alaska Court System, said that the change originated with administrative staff and was considered by the justices through the Supreme Court’s normal procedures.

“Given that (cannabis) has been legal for eight years, it appeared to the Supreme Court that this was an appropriate time not to have people, as I say, suffer the negative consequences that can stem from having your name posted on Courtview,” Meade said in a statement quoted by the Alaska Beacon. “Because the conduct is considered legal right now,” she said.

Court’s Order Doesn’t Affect All Conviction Records

The decision by the Supreme Court doesn’t expunge past cannabis convictions from the state’s criminal records, which are maintained by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS). Officials clarified that information on such convictions would still be available at courthouses for inspection by members of the public and through formal background checks.

“The court system isn’t the official criminal record repository for the state of Alaska,” Meade said.

Records of arrests and convictions can have an impact on the ability of past offenders to secure employment and housing. But past legislative efforts to remove cannabis conviction records from Courtview haven’t been approved by lawmakers.

“A lot of folks in my district, they have these barriers that are put in place, and a simple rule change, policy change, legislation, could change it for their entire lives,” said Republican state Rep. Stanley Wright.

Last year, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill to conceal cannabis convictions from Courtview and criminal background searches by a vote of 30-8. The state Senate, however, failed to pass the bill before the end of the 2022 legislative session. A similar bill to shield cannabis convictions was pre-filed for the 2023 session by Wright on January 19, less than two weeks before the Supreme Court’s decision to remove the records from Courtview. Forrest Wolfe, Wright’s chief of staff, said that shielding the records of cannabis convictions can help mitigate the exodus of working-age people in Alaska that has in part led to a labor shortage in the state.

“It’s all about reducing barriers to entry, especially for employment,” Wolfe said. “In Alaska, we have a huge workforce shortage. If you were 21 years old or older, and it was some sort of a nonviolent crime, you were charged with and convicted of, now that cannabis is legal in the state, we don’t think it should be reflected negatively on your record,” Wolfe added.

Wright is reportedly considering whether his bill, which already has bipartisan support from three Democrats and two independent lawmakers, is still needed after the Supreme Court order to remove cannabis convictions from Courtview, while Democratic Sen. Löki Tobin is reportedly considering introducing a similar bill. Unlike the Supreme Court’s policy, which only covers court records, more comprehensive legislation could also protect information on cannabis convictions from being released through criminal background checks. If Wright’s bill is passed, up to 8,500 past cannabis convictions could be affected and hidden from view, according to information from the DPS.

The Alaska Supreme Court has a history of handing down decisions that have protected the rights of cannabis users. In 1975, the court ruled that the right to privacy guaranteed in the Alaska Constitution protects the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in private residences, effectively legalizing cannabis for personal use.

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Alaska Scrubbing Hundreds of Pot Convictions from Court Database

Hundreds of Alaska residents will have their prior marijuana convictions removed from the state’s online court database.

That move follows an order late last month from the state Supreme Court last month, according to local media reports

Local news station KTUU reports that, as of May 1, “marijuana possession convictions of about just under 800 Alaska residents will be removed from Courtview, a public, online database of court cases.”

The order “follows years of similar, unsuccessful, legislative efforts to join a nationwide trend,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“I’m glad that the Supreme Court has ordered this,” said Democratic state Sen. Scott Kawasaki, as quoted by the Anchorage Daily News.

As stipulated by the state Supreme Court, the removal from the system will apply to individuals who were “convicted of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana … or a prior version of that statute that criminalized the same conduct, or a municipal ordinance that criminalized that same conduct if … the defendant was 21 years of age or older at the time of the offense, and … the defendant was not convicted of any other criminal charges in that same case.” 

According to the Anchorage Daily News, those “records will still be available for inspection at courthouses and will be discoverable by a formal criminal background check, but they won’t be as easy to find for the general public.”

Alaska legalized recreational cannabis for adults in 2014, when a majority of the state’s voters approved a ballot measure ending the prohibition on pot. 

“Given that (marijuana) has been legal for eight years, it appeared to the Supreme Court that this was an appropriate time not to have people, as I say, suffer the negative consequences that can stem from having your name posted on Courtview. Because the conduct is considered legal right now,” said Nancy Meade, the general counsel for the Alaska Court System.

In September, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, issued an order establishing a new task force “to review the current marijuana tax and fee structures, and regulations applicable to marijuana operators, and provide recommendations for improvement to the Office of the Governor.”

“In the past seven years Alaska’s marijuana industry has flourished but is still considered a new and evolving industry in Alaska,” Dunleavy said in the announcement. “As we would expect to see with any new industry, concerns have been raised about the structure the industry has been operating under. A cornerstone of my administration has been to review unnecessary regulations that are a burden to business, while ensuring oversight to protect the health, life, and safety of all Alaskans. It is my hope that with the formation of the Governor’s Advisory Task Force on Recreational Marijuana, we can bring together a variety of voices and perspectives to evaluate existing provisions and consider recommendations to improve the viability of the industry.”

Dunleavy’s office said the task force will be comprised of 13 members, three of whom will be “The Commissioner of the Department of Revenue or the Commissioner’s designee; The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development or the Commissioner’s designee; [and] The Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture.”

The remaining ten members of the task force are identified as follows: “One member who sits on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board; One member who represents a city, borough, or municipality that allows recreational marijuana businesses within its jurisdictional boundaries; One member that is a standard licensed marijuana cultivator in the State; One member that is a limited licensed marijuana cultivator in the State; One member that is a licensed marijuana product or concentrate manufacturer in the State; One member that is a licensed marijuana retailer in the State; Three licensed marijuana operators from any segment of the industry; [and] One public member.”

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The 2022 Cannabis Cup Tour Report

Twenty-one Cups, 339 brands, 1,389 batches of entries, all judged by about 15,000 judges who helped crown 249 award-winners for best products in their state. Our industry is going through a tough recession, restrictive regulations, and plenty of other woes, but one thing that’s for certain is that people want to find out who has the best weed, and we’re here to help. 

As a refresher on the new model, the Cannabis Cup People’s Choice concept opened up the competitions to a whole new world of possibilities. Switching from having a small pool of hand-selected judges, the People’s Choice model allowed consumers from all walks of life and palette types to be a judge. Now with up to 228 judge kits per category, judge kits are no longer reserved only for the Snoop Doggs and Frenchy Cannolis of the world (RIP Frenchy). 

Ever seen people waiting in line for that new Supreme drop? You’ll find the same thing when the judge kits drop. Each Cannabis Cup consists of anywhere between 1,800-3,300 judge kits available across the state via hand-selected dispensaries that get a rush of consumers ready to grab their bag. With categories ranging from Indica Flower to Sativa Flower, Non-Solvent Concentrates to Edibles, and Topicals to Tinctures, there is something for every cannabis enthusiast. Judge kits come packed with products submitted into the Cup from brands well-known and obscure, all in hopes that judges will score them highest on Aesthetics, Aroma, Taste, Effects, Burnability, Terpene Profile and other criteria. Most importantly, we gather detailed comments from all judges, or at least the caring ones, on their experience – all impactful for the growers and processors to see what people truly, and anonymously, think. If you haven’t been a judge in the past because you were never selected, now is the time to get in on the action. Visit to get updates. 

Courtesy High Times

To many’s surprise, we started the year off in one of the most bustling cannabis markets, the state of Michigan. During 4/20 week, from Detroit to Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo to Crystal Falls, crowds of judges lined up early to be the first to get their hands on their judge kits, which varied between 17 different categories including medical and recreational products. With 3,300 judge kits, this was the biggest Cannabis Cup in history. I spent 26 cold days in Detroit for this one. Local community favorite, LocalGrove, came back with first place wins in several Flower categories with their Runtz and Brain Stew, while newcomers FLWRPot and Society C slid in to take home 1st place wins for Tropicanna Cherry under Rec Hybrid Flower and Spritzer under Rec Indica Flower, respectively. We saw the infamous CannaBoys come out from the darkness to win Best Medical Pre-Rolls and Rec Non-Infused Pre-Rolls with their Zhits Fire Cannonz, while fresh collabs stole the Concentrates show including Pro Gro x Element plus Glorious Cannabis Co. x Superior Solventless. Afternoon Delite, KIVA, Binske, Church x Pressure Pack, Pro Gro, and Hypha all came home with 1st place trophies.

Returning to our backyard here in California, we brought together 150 entries across 57 brands that came in with unique strains and product types for our judges. Thanks to our 7 High Times dispensaries, plus Green Dragon shops, we had 2,000 judges voting across 11 categories. Top-Shelf Cultivation returned with 1st Place trophies for Indica Flower and Pre-Rolls for their Whoa-Si-Whoa strain, while Team Elite Genetics and SENSE took 1st in Sativa and Hybrid flower, respectively. Jeeter, Bear Labs, PAX, Sensi, Bhang, Mari Y Juana, Dr. May, and Kan-Ade are amongst the 1st Place winners as well. Honestly though, there are too many great cultivars in CA that aren’t competing and simply letting other people take home the gold. We’re hoping to change that.

We ventured off into the mountains of Colorado in June to see who’s been bringing the fire since our last Denver Cup in 2020. High Level Health kept their streak going with 1st Place Indica Flower, Hybrid Flower and Solvent Concentrates, while Veritas took 1st Place Sativa Flower. I have to give a nod to D’Z Trees Honolulu Choo Choo which took 2nd Place Sativa and kept me running like a train during this laborious 3-week process. The AKTA Tropicanna Banana Live Rosin was a huge fan favorite; taking home 1st Place Non-Solvent Concentrates. High Country Cones, Nectar Bee, Evolab, Mountain Select, Smokiez, Incredibles and Escape Artists joined the 1st place podium as well. 

Excited to return to my Midwestern stomping grounds (I lived in Cleveland for 5 years), we ran the 3rd-ever Cup in Illinois, launching it with a small judging session at the RISE Consumption Lounge in Mundelein where judges came together as a community to smoke and discuss terpene profiles of each entry. Highly-regarded Fig Farms expanded into the state this year and took home 1st Place Sativa Flower, while behemoths Rythm and RevCanna took home 1st in Indica Flower and Hybrid Flower, respectively. RevCanna won several awards including 1st Place for Concentrates with their Gorilla’d Cheese Rosin which one judge describes as “Hands down the most potent and volatile terpenes in the kit” while another judge claims “The smell is so weird it may polarize a household worse than the 2020 election.” Other 1st place trophies went to Nature’s Grace and Wellness, Superflux, Mindy’s, Verano Reserve, Beboe, Incredibles and Bedford Grow. 

Courtesy High Times

Next up, we froze our butts off and explored the beautiful ranges of the Last Frontier up in Alaska, where the sun was shining until 10:30pm everyday. No MSOs, just local craft cultivators putting their hearts into their products. High North was a huge standout with all of their flower, but their Black Koffee takes the cake for Indica Flower. One judge noted that “The robust dark roast flavor comes through smoothly” and “the aches and pains drift away as you melt into the surroundings.” I’ll take some of that please. AM Delight and Flower Mountain Farms respectively brought home trophies for Sativa Flower and Hybrid Flower, while the highly sought-after Refine Alaska wowed judges with their Royal Gorilla Loud Resin for first place. GOOD Cannabis, Enlighten Extracts, Einstein Labs, Dosed Edibles, and Great Northern Cannabis were amongst the 1st place winners as well. 

Last Cup of the year, but not least, the Commonwealth called us back for the 2nd annual Cannabis Cup in September. People in Massachusetts are very discerning and don’t take kindly to bullshit; it was very apparent in their judging comments. That said, Happy Valley powered a winning streak with Hybrid Flower, Sativa Flower, Beverages and Sativa Gummies, while Northeast Alternatives brought in 1st Place Indica Flower for their Runtz OG. First place trophies also went home with Treeworks, Triple M, Munchèas by GGG, Smokiez, Incredibles, Sticky Fish as well as Church x Pressure Pack.

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The Cannabis Cups are for consumers to learn about all of the products they have access to and to determine who is the best of the best in their state. They’re also for the brands to learn more about their customer base and improve their products so that consumers get what they deserve. We will continue to plan and execute Cannabis Cups in territories where it’s legal, and continue to shine a light on the Cannabis Cup-winning brands around the world in 2023 and beyond. Thanks to everyone involved in each and every one of these Cups. 

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The Winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022

Organizing each of our High Times People’s Choice Cannabis Cups is no easy feat. We announced the arrival of the first People’s Choice competition for Alaska back in May, and with the efforts of our incredible team, we wrangled up some of the best local products and prepared them for you, the people, to judge.

The competition was fierce, and we carefully calculated our most recent voting data to award points based on a number of important factors, including taste, smell, and effects. It’s a cannasseur’s dream to be able to experience such a wide variety of great products that Alaska has to offer, all in one place.

Now, the people have spoken once again! Check the results of the winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022. Did your favorite product make the cut? Are you an out-of-towner looking to check out Alaska wares? From indica flower to pre-rolls, edibles, and so much more, we’re proud to present the latest winners of the High Times Cannabis People’s Choice competition.

Indica Flower

First Place: High North – Black Koffee

Courtesy of High North

Second Place: Enlighten Gardens – OGKB 2.1

Courtesy of Enlighten Gardens

Third Place: Cannabaska – Ghost OG

Courtesy of Cannabaska

Sativa Flower

First Place: AM Delight x Moose Gardens – Chem Dog

Courtesy of AM Delight

Second Place: Parallel 64 – Buddha

Courtesy of Parallel 64

Third Place: High North – Blood Orange

Courtesy of High North

Hybrid Flower

First Place: Flower Mountain Farms – Super Boof

Courtesy of Flower Mountain Farms

Second Place: Cannabaska – Oreoz

Courtesy of Cannabaska

Third Place: Good Cannabis – Gorilla Glue #4

Courtesy of Good Cannabis

Non-Infused Pre-Rolls

First Place: Good Cannabis – Blaze Orange King Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Good Cannabis

Second Place: Tanana Herb Co – Coco Haze Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Tanana Herb Co

Third Place: Enlighten Gardens – Tropicana Cherry Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Enlighten Gardens

Infused Pre-Rolls

First Place: Enlighten Extracts – The Ring of Fire Infused Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Enlighten Extracts

Second Place: Great Northern Cannabis – Critical Hit Infused Pre-Roll

Courtesy of Great Northern Cannabis

Third Place: Einstein Labs – 10 Second Amnesia Caviar Joint

Courtesy of Einstein Labs

Concentrates & Extracts

First Place: Refine Alaska – Royal Gorilla Loud Resin

Courtesy of Refine Alaska

Second Place: AKO Farms – Yerbert x Rainbow Belts Sugar Wax

Courtesy of AKO Farms

Third Place: G2 – Honey Banana Badder

Courtesy of G2

Vape Pens & Cartridges

First Place: Einstein Labs – Obsession Distillate Vape

Courtesy of Einstein Labs

Second Place: Frog Mountain – Apple Sherbet E Sirius Pod

Courtesy of Frog Mountain

Third Place: Canamo – Fruity Pebbles OG Sauce E-Stick


Edibles: Gummies

First Place: Dosed Edibles Alaska – Watermelon Gummies

Courtesy of Dosed Edibles Alaska

Second Place: Canamo – Sour Strawberry Gummies

Courtesy of Canamo

Third Place: Stoney Moose Kitchens – Key Lime Gummy Squares

Courtesy of Stoney Moose Kitchens

Edibles: Non-Gummies

First Place: Great Northern Cannabis – North Infusions Milk Chocolate Bar

Courtesy of Great Northern Cannabis

Second Place: Stoney Moose Kitchens – Moose Nugz

Courtesy of Stoney Moose Kitchens

Third Place: Enlighten Extracts – Chocolate Chip Cookie with Peanut Butter

Courtesy of Enlighten Extracts

A huge thank you to our partners and sponsors!

Enlighten Alaska – Official Intake and Retailer Partner

Raspberry Roots – Presenting Sponsor

Einstein Labs – Silver Sponsor

AM Delight – Bronze Sponsor

Green Growcer – General Sponsor

Top Hat Cannabis & Concentrates – General Sponsor

Secret Garden – General Sponsor

Great Northern Cannabis – General Sponsor

Cerberus Transecure – Exclusive Secure Transport Partner

Royal Supply Co. – Official Packaging Partner

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Just Announced – High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022

The High Times People’s Choice competition has been accepted with open arms across the country in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and  Southern California, and now we’re proud to announce that our newest cannabis cup competition will be uniting the many unique products in Alaska! The state is already home to a burgeoning cannabis industry, and it’s a verifiable gold rush of unique products to experience.

Products can be submitted for consideration at Enlighten in Anchorage, Alaska between August 10-12. Kits will be sold starting on August 27 (first come, first serve availability). Judges will have until October 9 to check out and review everything Alaska cannabis companies have to offer, and the winners of the cup will be announced on October 16 through a digital awards show.

For those who want to submit their products for competition, one entry is set at $250, and two entries will be $100 each—both of which are non-refundable. However, three or more entries is $100 each and refundable when all entries are successfully submitted.

High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022 will feature 10 categories: Indica Flower (28 total slots available; maximum three entries per company), Sativa Flower (28 total slots available; three per company), Hybrid Flower (28 total slots available; three per company), NON-Infused Pre-Rolls (14 total slots available; two per company), Infused Pre-Rolls and Infused Flower (14 total slots available; two per company), Concentrates (14 total slots available; two per company), Vape Pens & Cartridges (14 total slots available; one per company), Edibles: Gummies (28 total slots available; three per company), Edibles: Non-Gummies (28 total slots available; three per company), and Topicals + Tinctures + Capsules (11 total slots available; two per company).

But of course, there are certain requirements to keep in mind for all submission categories. Flower must be submitted as one gram in weight as individually packaged and labeled units (we will not accept any 3.5 gram submissions). Pre-rolls should be individually packaged and labeled, with non-infused pre-rolls capped at a 2g flower-equivalency each. Infused pre-rolls and infused flower should also be individually packaged and labeled, with infused products being capped at 1 gram net weight and a maximum of 400mg THC each. Concentrates and Vape Pens must be .5 grams, each individually packaged and labeled (no 1 gram units will be accepted) and batteries are required for carts. Finally, Edibles should be individually packaged and labeled, and contain no more than 50mg of THC (100mg THC entries will not be accepted).

Once the judges have submitted their feedback, we’ll announce the first place winners that have earned themselves the renowned High Times Cannabis Cup trophy—an honorable award that proves that their product rises above the rest of the competition. The trophy, which was designed by Alex and Allyson Grey, is made of zinc and 24K gold plating. First place winners will also be given a full page advertisement in High Times magazine, a complete report of the competition scores and comment feedback, winner decals to place on your product packaging, a mention in our online article featuring the winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup Alaska: People’s Choice Edition 2022 (as well as being recorded as a winner on and of course, inclusion of the winning brands for each category on High Times social media channels (shared on the High Times timeline, story and story highlights).

Second place winners will receive a silver medal made of pewter and a silver ribbon with your winning category inscribed on it, as well as a half-page advertisement in High Times magazine, second place art assets for product packaging (along with all of the aforementioned judge’s report, and inclusion of the win online and on social media).

Third place winners will receive a bronze medal, made from pewter and bronze plating, with a matching bronze ribbon and the winning category inscribed on it, and a half-page advertisement in High Times magazine as well.

Even the products that do not win first, second, or third place in their respective categories can win in other ways. All products and brands will be included and tagged on social media in order to support Alaskan cannabis companies and everything they bring to the table. During our Awards Show, we also do a shout-out and thank all competitors for participating in our competition. Best of all, the High Times Report is available upon request, should you like to learn more about what the judges thought of your product, and where it is ranked through our scoring system.

All products must be licensed by AMCO and we cannot accept caregiver product.

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50 Years of Legal Pot – How Alaska Legalized, Recriminalized, then Legalized Again

When we think of states that are at the forefront of cannabis legislation, we tend to focus on the likes of California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Alaska – despite almost 50 years of legalization (albeit complicated and not entirely consistent) granted by a state constitution that puts our federal government’s to shame – is often completely overlooked. Given the history, current state of affairs, and unique approach to handling cannabis laws, why aren’t we looking at Alaska for more answers and examples? 

Cannabis laws are complicated, and Alaska’s history is just about as confusing as they come. Most people don’t realize for how long cannabis has been legal in the state, and Alaska is simply not one of the states that initially comes to mind when we look at pot progression. Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!

Legalization timeline on the Last Frontier  

Alaska’s long, complex history with cannabis starts 47 years ago, when they became the second state to decriminalize cannabis in 1975, trailing behind only Oregon who had done so 2 years prior. The law passed on May 16, 1975, without the governor’s signature, and cannabis possession of less than one ounce was punishable by a $100 fine. 

One week later, a landmark case, Ravin vs. State was decided in favor of Irwin Ravin, an attorney who deliberately got himself arrested in Anchorage for refusing to sign a traffic ticket while in possession of cannabis. His reason for doing so was to emphasize the importance of privacy, as per the state’s constitution, in one’s own home or other personal property. He won, and Alaska became the first and only state to announce that a constitutional right to privacy offers a certain level of protection to cannabis users.  

In 1982, a few years after the Ravin decision, the state took things a step further and tossed out the $100 fine, as well as bumped up the maximum legal amount to four ounces in the home, or one ounce outside the home. These laws lasted almost a decade, until the people of Alaska voted ‘yes’ on measure 2 in 1990, which recriminalized the possession of cannabis, even in one’s home. Then, possession became punishable by up to $1000 and, possibly, 90 days in jail.  

In 1998, Measure 8 to legalize the cannabis for medical use only passed with 58.7% of the vote. The measure allowed licensed patients to grow up to six plants and possess up to one ounce of raw, smokeable flower.  

Over the next few years, cannabis was decriminalized and recriminalized a few times, and the state suffered a couple failed attempts a full legalization as well, in 2000 and 2004. By 2014, the frontier state was finally ready to make the leap and recreational cannabis was legalized, with 53.2% of voters in favor. Alaska was the third state to legalize cannabis, preceded by Washington and Colorado in 2012.  

Alaska’s constitution and the right to privacy 

Alaska is one of only a handful of states that guarantees residents a constitutional right to privacy; as vague as that may be. Other states with similar provisions include Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, and Washington. The United States Constitution does NOT have any such provision, but the US Supreme Court has ruled that some level of implicit privacy rights are provided by the first, third, fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments. And that’s even more vague.  

In Alaska, the first major judicial case to challenge the constitution’s privacy clause was none other than Ravin vs. State in 1975. In this milestone case, the Alaska Supreme Court found privacy in the home to be “of the highest importance and the most deserving of constitutional protection,” and it found the state’s case for regulating the personal use of small amounts of cannabis to be “less than compelling.” 

As expected, that ruling has been met with resistance over the years. As such, cannabis spent decades in a sort of quasi-legal limbo, with no one really knowing what’s permitted and what isn’t. Overall, the idea that constitutional rights protect the personal possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis in Alaska, has held strong in most supreme court cases.  

In general, Alaska’s constitutional protections are broader than what is offered by the federal constitution. Take for example, privacy in the context of searches and seizures, which by definition, violate one’s privacy to an extent. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state “could not use as evidence a recording, made without a warrant, of a conversation between the defendant and an informant who possessed a wireless transmitter,” although the US Supreme Court deemed these types of conversations as admissible evidence.  

What happened, why was cannabis recriminalized?  

As lax as Alaska’s cannabis laws have been, it’s no surprise that people began to abuse the personal use provisions in the state’s constitution. Remember that right to privacy laws are not absolute and can vary greatly based on if the current lawmakers believe cannabis to be a threat to public safety. If so, “privacy” protections can be overturned in certain scenarios. 

Throughout the 1980s, many arrests of largescale growers occurred throughout the state. In 1989, Alaska State Troopers made a notable bust in Matanuska Valley where they seized 3,000 plants that were part of four different grow ops in the county. A few months later, Wasilla was a location of interest, as troopers confiscated 2006 plants growing in a residence owned by then 45-year-old Thomas Wyatt. By the end of the year, a campaign to prohibit the use of cannabis began making rounds.  

In November of 1990, Measure 2, a voter initiative, passed, making it illegal to possess cannabis anywhere – on public or private property. If someone was caught with even a small amount, they were looking at up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines, although it was uncommon for such harsh sentences to be handed out.  

This decision has been challenged in court numerous times and cannabis has been recriminalized and re-decriminalized a handful of times over the last few decades. Look at the 2003 case, Noy vs. State. Similar to the 1975 case, David S. Noy was arrested and convicted by a jury of possessing less than 8 ounces of cannabis. But, because of Ravin’s case, the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned Noy’s conviction and dismantled the part of the law that criminalized personal use of cannabis on private property.  

In 2006, cannabis was again prohibited, this time via a measure pushed by then-Governor, Frank Murkowski. Murkowski made possession of under one ounce a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, and possession of one to four ounces a misdemeanor carrying a term of up to one year in jail. This was probably the strictest point in Alaska’s history, as far as cannabis legislation goes, and the law remained this way until recreational was legalized in 2014.  

What are the laws, currently?  

Today, Alaska is one of the more lenient states when it comes to cannabis regulation, even when compared to other fully legalized states. Alaska residents over 21 years of age can consume pot in their homes, possess it in their car or on their person, and grow up to six plants per residence. The maximum amount of raw flower you can have is one once. So, no more fear of getting pulled over for some frivolous nonsense and getting arrested.  

You still cannot toke in public. According to Cynthia Franklin, director of Alaska’s liquor control board, “People will not be legally lighting up out in the park tomorrow. Should someone feel compelled to celebrate the occasion in public, they’re looking at a $100 fine.” And that’s where they decided to keep the hundred-dollar fine that was instated decades ago.  

You also cannot smoke any pot within the state or national parks. Peter Christian, spokesman for the National Park Service, said that if you’re caught with weed on public lands, you could face a federal citation. Within Denali National Park and Preserve, Christian said there were no arrests made in 2020, but he did issue 14 verbal warnings.  

In 2018, the State of Alaska approved regulations to allow on-site consumption in properly licensed retail stores. They have yet to set up any “consumption lounges” as the law initially intended, but so far, one dispensary has got through the proper licensing channels to allow smoking on-site: Good Titrations. This dispensary is located in Fairbanks, and it has a lounge area with a coffee bar where you can purchase up to one gram of flower for immediate consumption.  

Final Thoughts on Cannabis in Alaska

Alaska may be the last frontier, but it was one of the first states in the country to legalize cannabis use. Because their state constitution is so much more all-encompassing than our federal one, I believe we could all stand to learn a thing or two from Alaska and their wild ride to full cannabis liberalization.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Jersey Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Despite Contentious Psychedelics Provision (Marijuana Moment)

// Rescoring of retail marijuana licenses in Illinois allowed to proceed (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Mexico slowly advances adult-use cannabis law – setting up key vote next week (Marijuana Business Daily)

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// Virginia governor vows to press for adult-use marijuana program (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Rhode Island Will ‘Absolutely’ Consider Legalizing Marijuana In 2021 New House Speaker Says (Marijuana Moment)

// Columbia Care Increases Revenue by 145% Prepares for Strong 2021 (Green Market Report)

// Canadian cannabis firm Pure Sunfarms delivers another profitable quarter (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Vireo Health Raises $5 Million with Pennsylvania Dispensaries Sale (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Wholesale marijuana hemp oil prices fall nationwide amid growing supply of raw material (Marijuana Business Daily)

// America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner to be released after 32-year sentence (Independent)

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// New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed After Governor Puts Issue On 2020 Agenda (Marijuana Moment)

// Global Cannabis Sales Grow 48% to $15 Billion in 2019 (Valdosta Daily Times (AP))

// 40% of Arizona’s Hemp Crops Must Be Destroyed Due to Too Much THC (AZ Marijuana)

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// Raimondo’s $10-billion budget plan includes state-run stores for recreational pot (Providence Journal)

// Ontario Cannabis Store sells out of edibles within hours (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Alaska pot board chair being chaired (Boston Globe)

// Marijuana deliver giant Eaze may go up in smoke (Tech Crunch)

// Congressman Backs Ballot Measure To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms For Therapeutic Use (Marijuana Moment)

// Travelers Threw Away Over 37 Pounds of Weed at This Colorado Airport (Merry Jane)

// High Times To Open Dispensaries (Green Market Report)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Heads To Vermont House Floor Following Key Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona High Schooler Facing Deportation Over Weed Vape Pens (Merry Jane)

// Green Growth Sells Off CBD Biz As The Board Says It Has Limited Alternatives (Green Market Report)

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// AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel (AP News)

// Alaska wholesale cannabis flower prices remain strong despite heavy tax burden on growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Capitol Confidential: THC bill would kill Arizona’s medical marijuana system (Leafly)

// Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks (CNN)

// New Mexico alters rules for medical marijuana sales to nonresidents (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bernie Sanders Touts Marijuana Legalization Plan In South Carolina Ad Ahead Of Primary (Marijuana Moment)

// Mississippi Lawmakers Attempt To ‘Kill’ Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative With New Strategy (Marijuana Moment)

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