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Alaska is known as The Last Frontier State and was home to a massive gold rush. It seems appropriate then that Alaskans are going to have the chance to uphold their name and possibly host another rush, of the green variety.
At one point, the vote on recreational cannabis legalization was scheduled for August of this year, as part of the primary ballot. It has since been moved to the official November ballot. The move should ensure that more Alaskans will weigh in on the issue, as turnout is generally higher at November elections than at primaries.
One of the groups responsible for this ballot initiative is the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Alaska. They are currently working to ensure that the growing conservative backlash doesn’t destroy what seems like the perfect environment for legalization: a libertarian-leaning, sparsely-populated state with a strong tourism infrastructure.
The law, if passed, will allow adults age 21 or over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up to six plants (only three of which may be flowering at any given time). It would also legalize the sale, manufacture, and possession of cannabis accessories, such as water pipes. Cities will be allowed to ban cannabis businesses, but will not be allowed to ban cannabis use or home cultivation. There will also be a $50 per ounce excise tax on transfers from cultivators to extract/medible producers or retail dispensaries.
You can follow the Facebook page of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Alaska here.
Ladybud will be following this and other legalization campaigns as the 2014 election season nears. Read other recent legalization news coverage here.
Update 7/22/14: End of second paragraph changed for clarification.
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