Alaska may become third state to legalize recreational marijuana
Alaska election officials have certified that a marijuana legalization initiative there has qualified for the ballot. The initiative was sponsored by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska with the help of the Marijuana Policy Project. It would legalize the possession of up to an ounce by adults and the cultivation of up to six plants. “Based on the numbers posted by the Division of Elections, Alaskans will have the chance to overturn the failed policy of prohibiting marijuana use,” Taylor Bickford, a spokesman for the legalization campaign, told the Associated Press.
The proposed initiative would grant regulatory control to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and give the Legislature the option to create a marijuana control board. The vote is scheduled for August. If approved, it will make Alaska the third State to legalize Marijuana, after Washington and Colorado.