Cannabis Legalization Goes Into Effect Tomorrow in Alaska

Starting tomorrow, February 24thpurplebud in Alaska, it will be entirely legal under state law for those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six cannabis plants. This is due to Ballot Measure 2, approved by voters in 2014, becoming law.

Ballot Measure 2 also legalized the distribution of cannabis through state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which will be regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, though these outlets aren’t expected to open until early to mid next year.

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Alaska Voters Legalize Cannabis

Alaska has become the next state to legalize recreational cannabis2, 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.

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Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in Just 10 Days

In just 10 days, on November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us, and Alaska, Oregonvoters and Washington D.C. – along with a couple of cities – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, only two years after Washington and Colorado did the same.

In Oregon, Measure 91 has consistently maintained majority support among polls, including one from last week which found it winning 52% to 41%. Still, the numbers are close, so it’s vital that legalization advocates in Oregon take the time to vote in favor of the proposal if they’re registered, and to spread the word either way.

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