Alaska has become the next state to legalize recreational cannabis, as voters have given approval to Ballot Measure 2, a constitutional amendment.
The initiative, which will take effect next month, will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to six plants, for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets will also be allowed, and regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The state legislature will be given the authority to create a Marijuana Control Board, with officials having nine months to enact regulations. Applications shall be accepted one year after the effective date of the initiative.
Consuming cannabis in public under the new law will remain illegal, but won’t be an arrestable offense; it will instead be an $100 ticket.
According to the initiative’s text, cannabis is to be taxed at $50 an ounce.