How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Alaska

Alaska

Medical:
yes
Adult Use:
yes
Age:
21+
Hemp:
yes
CBD:
yes
Delivery:
none
Fees:
$50
Application:
Link
Market Overview:

Both medical and adult-use cannabis are legal in Alaska. The state became the third in the US to legalize adult-use cannabis. Medical cannabis use was legalized in 1998 after voters approved Measure 8, the Alaska Medical Marijuana Initiative.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs a Marijuana Handler Permit?:

"Each licensee, employee, or agent of a marijuana establishment who sells, cultivates, manufactures, tests, or transports marijuana or marijuana product, or who checks the identification of a consumer or visitor, must obtains a Marijuana Handler Permit card from AMCO (Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office) before being licensed or beginning employment at a marijuana establishment." Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, Marijuana Handler Permit

Before Applying:

Requirements:

  1. Complete the Marijuana Handlers Permit online application via myAlaska.
  2. Complete Marijuana Control Board approval Marijuana Handler Permit Education Course.
  3. Obtain a Criminal History Background Check at any Alaska State Trooper Post.
  4. Gather required documents: Standard Cover Page, Marijuana Handler Permit Education Course Completion Cerificate (copy), Permit Fee ($50), valid government-issued ID*, a Criminal History Background Check. *If mailing in paperwork, a clear photo copy of your government-issued ID is required as well as a 2" x 2" "passport style" photo in full color.
Background Check Requirements:

Disqualifying Criminal History for Marijuana Handlers:

  • Felony conviction in Alaska within the last five years;
  • Currently on parole for a felony conviction in Alaska;
  • Class A misdemeanor conviction involving a controlled substance other than a schedule VIA controlled substance, in Alaska within the last two years;
  • Class A misdemeanor conviction relating to selling, furnishing, or distributing marijuana, in Alaska within the last two years;
  • Currently under indictment for an offense listed above.
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