Marijuana Legalization Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering in Alaska

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director June 18, 2013

    It appears that Alaska is likely to be the next state to have the opportunity to vote on marijuana legalization. This week, the Lt. Governor’s office approved a ballot initiative that aims to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to the laws recently approved in Colorado and Washington. If approved, the initiative would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and provide for the establishment of legal, regulated retail outlets and grow operations.

    Supporters must now collect 30,169 signatures to place the initiative on the ballot, which they aim to complete by January.

    NORML will keep you updated as this effort moves forward.

    20 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering in Alaska”

    1. Anonymous says:

      Im for it

    2. Cherene says:

      YAY! I am from Alaska and they have my signature for it! This is so AWESOME! :)

    3. Dan Graham says:

      Who drafted the initiative, and who is funding the petition gathering effort? I know the ACLU led the I-502 campaign in Washington and the Marijuana Policy Project led the campaign in Colorado. I’d like to donate to whichever organization is behind the Alaska effort.

      [Editor’s note: Alaska info about the legalization initiative is found here.]

    4. justin says:

      If you agree with the right of the people to vote on the matter since politicians are incapable of doing so, then pleas sign my petition to have the federal government to allow us the right to vote on the matter federally. This is our country, for the people by the people. We need to stand up today and take action!!!

    5. Mari says:

      Where and When do you sign the petition to legalize? It it available right now. Please respond!!!

    6. I don’t understand the big deal about not legalizing marijuana. It does more good than bad. People can use it for medicine and it certainly does not cause people to drive crazy like alcohol does.

    7. Dave Evans says:

      James, no connection.

      You have the right to use marijuana and cannabis as you see fit. We certianly have more inherent rights to own and possess marijuana then we do firearms. Somehow, our government came to believe that if they lie enough, stealing our money and marijuana is in some way justified. Like how some evil people try to justify slavery even after it almost killed the country–keep trying assholes, your arguments are still worthless.

      Like they still don’t care if crazy are able to get guns. But everything is okay as long as those crazies don’t get their hands on weed, or then they’ll go out and shoot someone. There is a very large logic deficit. Why are they fighting for “rights we don’t have and don’t need” (as in rabidily protecting gun ownship for crazies), but don’t appear to even care about our real rights to simply possess healing herbs. Abortion rights? Huh? You can kill your baby, but don’t smoke bud (it might send the wrong message to a child)? This just demonstrates what complete assholes our government is made of and how they don’t even understand what “freedom” means. “Freedom” isn’t a contest to see who can be the bigger lying asshole and steal the most money!

    8. james says:

      if women have a right to free choice under roe-v-wade means we all have a free choice to use cannabis, am i correct in thinking this

    9. john t says:

      I moved with my family to Alaska in 1972. Happened to be the year I entered ” High School ” . It wasn’t long before it was decriminalized and it was not uncommon to be laying in the grass at the 4th of july fireworks show and have a big fat doobie pass through the crowd. I ran with the crowd the grew Matanuska Thuderfuuu so phenominal pot was normal. Unbeleivable country and people. I moved away in 1989 and really miss it. BUT…. the winters get long and dark, so Washington state is just right as Goldilocks said.

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