Marijuana Legalization Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering in Alaska

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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. John H Johnson III says:

      Do they have have an online signature form yet??

    2. Toking Yuppy says:

      Lol, the easier the better! You know how lazy Pot heads can get.

    3. Miles says:

      Every time another state does something like this I hate the state I currently live in all the more. Here in VA the law does not allow for this kind of initiative. We are at the mercy of our politicians who refuse to even discuss it. They do allow you to drink yourself into a stupor or smoke yourself to death with cigarettes…

    4. Miles says:

      Seriously, I don’t like cold weather but I’d consider moving to Alaska to get the freedom to enjoy cannabis without fear of the law coming for me.

    5. Austin says:

      NORML, don’t forget that Arizona, New York, and Oregon have been working hard to do the SAME thing this last week!

    6. Will S. says:

      This is great news! With Washington and Colorado already successful in their legalization campaigns there are at least 2 other states including Alaska now looking at voter referendums in 2014 to legalize and regulate. Power to the people, we Americans can and will accomplish anything we set our minds to! This is all of course without any help from so called legislators and politicians. Get ready America, a new era of improved drug policy based on facts and science is upon us. The future is now!!!!! Thanks for all that you do Norml!!!

    7. Will S. says:

      Also, I remember reading that many legalization proponents with big pockets said that they would note support any initiatives that were happening in 2014 due to that year not being a Presidential election year and therefore legalization campaigns would have less of a chance at being successful. Is there any truth to this?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Alaska only allows statewide initiatives to be run in off-year election years.]

    8. Ben says:

      The dominoes continue to fall!

    9. Sahahhrehat says:

      I heard Alaska already has a limited form of legalization, doesn’t it? I believe it’s legal to posess up to a certain amount but not to grow or sell it. It’s been that way for several years, long before Washington and Colorado legalized.

      [Paul Armentano responds: A state Supreme court decision in Alaska, Ravin v State, notes that the right to privacy, guaranteed in the state’s constitution, includes protection against criminal prosecution for the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis in one’s home: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravin_v._State%5D

    10. Armand says:

      LEGALIZE WITHIN 10 YEARS!!!! If your on the side of ignorance prepare to be smoked out!