Alaska’s legalization law takes effect


Last update: April 15, 2015


On November 4, 2014, Alaskans voted 53-47% to end decades of harmful and ineffective marijuana prohibition, and replace it with a system in which marijuana is taxed and regulated like alcohol.

The initiative, which took effect on February 24, allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (three mature) in a private, secure location. Beginning in 2016, marijuana will be cultivated, tested, and sold by licensed, taxpaying businesses that require proof of age, instead of criminal enterprises in the underground market. Read a summary of the law here. As the law took effect, we launched Consume Responsibly bus ads explaining, “With great marijuana laws comes great responsibility.”

Thank you for helping us make history in Alaska! Passage of this initiative not only made Alaska the third state to regulate marijuana like alcohol (along with Colorado and Washington), but it also provides much needed clarity to the state’s current marijuana laws, which are complex and counterproductive. Congratulations to the Last Frontier and to everyone at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol!

For more information about Measure 2, check out this FAQ from the Alaska Department of Commerce.

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Thank you for supporting the Marijuana Policy Project. Please tell your friends and family about this page, so that even more voices for responsible marijuana policies can be heard. And, if you are celebrating, please be sure to consume responsibly.