Alaska
Last Update: March 25, 2014

Alaska initiative certified for the ballot!

On August 19, 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 ElectionsThe lieutenant governor certified the initiative for the primary ballot on February 26, meaning Alaskans will officially have the opportunity to vote on whether to end marijuana prohibition this August.

With the signature drive completed, the campaign is ready to pick up the pace with its public education, organizing, and outreach efforts. Support the campaign today by volunteering to distribute literature, table at public events, post yard signs, or make phone calls to voters. 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 ballotinitiatives@mpp.org.


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