Alaska’s Legalization Initiative Takes Effect Today

Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, which was approved by 53 percent of Alaska voters, takes effect today, marking the end of prohibition in the Last Frontier and the beginning of the nation’s third state-wide experiment with legalization.

Under the new law, Alaskans may possess up to one ounce of marijuana and can grow up to six plants at home, though only three plants can be flowering at any given time. Additionally, citizens are entitled to the yields of their homegrown plants, whether or not they exceed the one ounce limit.

Retail stores for the regulated distribution of the drug aren’t expected until sometime in 2016, but Alaska legislators are already working on a regulatory framework to establish that marketplace.

Oregon and Washington D.C. voters also passed bills to legalize marijuana in November: Washington D.C.’s Initiative 71 is set to take effect this week as well, while Oregon’s Measure 91 will be fully-realized in July. With Washington and Colorado, who first voted to legalize in 2012 and opened their retail markets last year, there are now four states and the District of Colombia that have passed a recreational marijuana law and repealed the federal prohibition of cannabis.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/24/alaska-marijuana-legal_n_6738328.html

Photo Credit: PunkToad

 

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