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Alaska: Election Officials Postpone Marijuana Legalization Vote To November

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Juneau, AK: Alaska voters will decide this November on a proposed initiative to regulate the production and retail sale of cannabis to adults.

Although the measure was initially scheduled to go before voters during the state's primary election in August, state officials this week decided to push back the vote to the November general election. The postponement was required because lawmakers failed to adjourn this year's legislative session within 90 days, the standard time allotted under state rules. Under Alaska law, ballot initiatives must go to voters no less than 120 days after the end of that year's legislative session.

If enacted by voters this November, the measure would legalize the adult possession of up to one ounce of cannabis as well as the cultivation of up to six-plants for personal consumption. It would also allow for the establishment of licensed, commercial cannabis production and retail sales of marijuana and marijuana-infused products to those over the age of 21. Public consumption of cannabis would be subject to a civil fine.

According to the results of a statewide Public Policy Polling survey released in February, 55 percent of registered voters "think (that) marijuana should be legally allowed for recreational use, that stores should be allowed to sell it, and that its sales should be taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol." Only 39 percent of respondents oppose the idea.

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit: http://regulatemarijuanainalaska.org.