In November 2014, Alaska voters passed the Alaska Marijuana Legalization, Ballot Measure 2, effectively legalizing the production, sale and use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. Alaska was the third state, behind Washington and Colorado, to legalize recreational marijuana.
Ballot Measure 2 went into effect on February 24, 2015, however, the first dispensary did not open until October 29, 2016. Currently, there are several recreational dispensaries across the state that are open to the public. While Alaska has legalized medical marijuana, it was effectively repealed and replaced by following legislation. Medical patients have the same possession and grow limits as legalized cannabis. The state lacks a medical marijuana dispensary system.