Alaska voters will have the opportunity this August to legalize recreational cannabis.
Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell has formally certified that a petition campaign to put cannabis legalization to a vote of the people has gathered more than 36,000 valid signatures from registered voters, nearly 6,000 more than legally required to qualify. Certification from Treadwell was the measures last step before being officially placed on the ballot this August.
The proposed law would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis as well as the cultivation of up to 6 plants. State-licensed retail outlets would also be established, regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
The initiative, written as a constitutional amendment, has been receiving financial support from the national advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project, the organization behind Amendment 64 in Colorado.
“A bipartisan tidal wave of public support for regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska has pushed this issue onto the ballot, and we will be running an aggressive campaign designed to build momentum on that,” said campaign spokesman Taylor Bickford.
If approved, the initiative would take effect in early 2015.