Backers of Marijuana in Alaska Want 2014 Vote

Apr 17, 2013

Alaska vot­ers may get the chance next year to make their state the third in the coun­try to approve the recre­ational use of mar­i­juana by adults 21 and older. Back­ers of the move on Tues­day took the first step toward get­ting the mea­sure on the August 2014 pri­mary bal­lot. Three prime spon­sors of the effort filed their appli­ca­tion for an ini­tia­tive peti­tion along with sig­na­tures from what they say are at least 100 other sup­port­ers with the state lieu­tenant governor’s office. The group is led by Tim Hin­ter­berger, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Alaska Anchor­age. The other two prime spon­sors are Bill Parker and Mary Reff, accord­ing to Gail Fen­u­miai, state elec­tions direc­tor. The mea­sure would tax and reg­u­late mar­i­juana sales and allow Alaskans to cul­ti­vate mar­i­juana for per­sonal use. Among other things, it would allow the Leg­is­la­ture to cre­ate a Mar­i­juana Con­trol Board, though until then, the Alco­hol Bev­er­age Con­trol Board would reg­u­late mar­i­juana sales. Alaskans age 21 and older could legally pos­sess up to one ounce of mar­i­juana under the pro­posal, or six mar­i­juana plants, three of which could be mature. If state offi­cials decide everything’s in order after a 60-day review, back­ers will have until mid-January to get sig­na­tures from another 30,169 peo­ple — 10 per­cent of the num­ber who voted in the last gen­eral elec­tion — to force a vote, said Steve Fox, the national polit­i­cal direc­tor of the Mar­i­juana Pol­icy Project, a pro-legalization group in Wash­ing­ton. The Mar­i­juana Pol­icy Project is work­ing with the local com­mit­tee. The sig­na­tures would have to be gath­ered from at least 30 of the state’s 40 House dis­tricts, under pro­ce­dures spec­i­fied in the state con­sti­tu­tion. Alaskans rejected a legal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive in 2004, with only 44 per­cent of the state’s vot­ers back­ing the idea. But Alaska’s mar­i­juana laws are among the most lib­eral in the nation. In 1975, the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a person’s pri­vacy included the right to pos­sess up to 4 ounces of mar­i­juana in his or her home — which is more than the new pro­posal would allow. Snipped Com­plete Arti­cle: http://​drugsense​.org/​u​r​l​/​R​X​7​A​c​JSi Source: Anchor­age Daily News (AK) Author: Rob Hotakainen and Lisa Demers, Anchor­age Daily News Pub­lished: April 16, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 The Anchor­age Daily News Con­tact: letters@​adn.​com Web­site: http://​www​.adn​.com/

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