Alaska initiative certified for the ballot!
On November 4, 2014, Alaskans will have the chance to vote on a ballot initiative that will end the harmful and ineffective policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is taxed and regulated like alcohol.
The initiative will allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow limited amounts in private. Marijuana will be cultivated, tested, and sold by licensed, taxpaying businesses that require proof of age, instead of criminal enterprises in the underground market.
In order to qualify for the ballot, initiative petitioners needed to collect at least 30,169 valid signatures of registered Alaska voters by January 2014. After months of hard work, on January 8 the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska submitted more than 45,000 collected signatures to the Division of Elections. The lieutenant governor certified the initiative for the primary ballot on February 26.
At 11:59 p.m. on April 20, the state legislature failed to adjourn its session, meaning the initiative was automatically moved to the general ballot on November 4. The change of ballot was due to a constitutional provision requiring initiatives to be placed on the first statewide ballot 120 days following the end of a legislative session.
The campaign now has extra time to organize volunteers, register voters, and spread the word that it’s time for a new approach that would take marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals in the underground market and put it behind the counters of licensed, taxpaying businesses. Support the campaign by signing up to volunteer, or make a donation today! In addition, talk to your friends and family about why Alaska needs to pass this initiative.
With your support, we can make history in Alaska! Passage of this initiative would not only make Alaska the third state to regulate marijuana like alcohol, but it would provide much needed clarity to the state’s current marijuana laws, which are complex and counterproductive.
You can learn more by visiting the campaign’s website or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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