A citizen’s initiative to legalize recreational cannabis through a constitutional amendment will be voted on this November in Alaska, giving voters the opportunity to make their state the third in the U.S. to proclaim that cannabis possession and consumption should be a legal activity.
The proposed initiative – which is being supported by the Marijuana Policy Project – would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, with regulations being handled by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
According to polling released in March, a majority of Alaska voters – 52% to 44% – would vote in favor of an initiative to legalize cannabis, indicating that he proposal is on track to pass, though it’s close. Those wanting to get involved in the effort – either through volunteering their time, or donating – can do so by going to the website for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana in Alaska.
If approved by voters, the initiative would go into effect in early 2015.