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Alaska Legalizes Recreational Marijuana


regulate marijuana like alcohol alaska legalization 2014It took longer to count the votes compared to Oregon and Washington D.C., but the result was the same – Alaska voters legalized marijuana. The victory was declared in the early morning hours today, capping off a stellar Election Day for marijuana reform. Even in Florida, where a medical marijuana initiative failed, there was still an overwhelming majority result in favor of the initiative (just not enough to pass the required 60% hurdle). Anyone who said that pursuing marijuana reform in 2014 because it would hurt 2016’s chances should be very happy today to be wrong. 2016 has never looked better due to the momentum that was built from the victories in D.C., Oregon, and Alaska. Below is a reaction from Tom Angell, the head of Marijuana Majority:

“Now that it’s been shown that putting marijuana legalization on the ballot can succeed even in midterms, we can expect to see a huge surge of additional states voting to end prohibition during the 2016 presidential election. And because the issue has been proven to be mainstream as far as voters are concerned, we may even see lawmakers in several states jumping ahead to legalize marijuana legislatively in the meantime.”

And from my friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Alaska’s Measure 2, an initiative to allow adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants, passed tonight in a close race. This measure will establish, license and regulate retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturers and testing facilities so consumers will always know that what they’re getting is safe, will allow police to focus on violent crime and will ensure that profits benefit the government, not drug cartels. Driving under the influence and public consumption will remain illegal and employers may restrict their employees’ use and localities can ban marijuana establishments though not private possession or cultivation.

The other measure to legalize, regulate and control marijuana on the ballot tonight, Measure 91 in Oregon, passed easily earlier tonight. This makes Oregon and Alaska the third and fourth states to legalize marijuana, after Colorado and Washington and caps off a wonderful night for drug policy reformists that included DC legalizing possession of marijuana and California defelonizing low-level nonviolent drug possession.

“This is a historic day for public safety and for civil rights,” said Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper (Ret.). “Clearly, the people demand change, and their leaders would be wise to follow.”

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of cops, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.

What a great day to be an Alaskan, and an American in general. Four legal states, and a District of Columbia as the cherry on top. Has anyone seen Kevin Sabet? How’s he feeling today? Someone bring that man a kleenex!


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  1. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/2014/09/23/uk-harvests-hemp-crop/16095035/

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – A hemp crop years in the making in the halls of the Kentucky legislature and the U.S. Congress took only a few minutes to harvest Tuesday from a University of Kentucky farm field.

    With that harvest of plants ranging from 7 to 10 feet high, roughly half of the first-year experimental crop is now out of the field and headed, or soon to be headed, for future uses such as oil to treat epileptic seizures, biomass fuel, grain, concrete — even American flags, officials said.

  2. I know industrial hemp has been legalized for growing research plots, but I don’t think it is being commercialized yet. It SHOULD be legal everywhere, soon.

  3. There can be little that can help one get through a long Alaska winter quite like a well-stocked bong. That’s another medical application, it cures cabin fever! Actually, I think marijuana makes being alone or isolated very pleasant. It also works in town.
    PERFECT for Alaska.

  4. I am new to this. I understand the federal the ag dept. has legalized hemp growing it was a farm bill just a few months ago. does anybody know about this? what a versatile plant.

  5. I’m 62 and I’m old school. I too never even dream that one day marijuana would be legal. I’m so glad that I’m still kicking!

  6. Captain Obvious on

    Hopefully this inspires more debate in Canada too not to mention all the new tourists it will inspire.

  7. As a conservative , I believe the federal government should get out of the business of telling all 300 million Americans how to live. The Federal government needs to abolish the policies though, in order to really have freedom .

  8. Mountain_bound on

    I hope today’s lean towards the right at the poles doesn’t hinder further progress. Legalization is past a grass roots endeavor, no pun intended, and at 10 percent of states containing 6% of the people we are off to a hell of a start. 18 million people now have access to legal weed, neighboring states adds millions more.

  9. Great job people of Alaska and a special thanks to the people who gave up so much to help legalization to pass in your state.

  10. David your comment is the exact truth of the matter. Obviously can’t say ’cause the old foggies are kicking off….nice nuance my compliments.

  11. Older Americans, especially those over 68 years old (+) constitute a generational split. One which I clearly remember rom the late sixties / early seventies. They hated pot, “long-haired Hippie’s” and the Anti- Vietnam war movement. They are leaving and now almost gone. What we’re witnessing now is one of the results of their departure.

  12. With 8 cities now legal in Michigan I am sure that 2016 will RELEASE MICHIGAN FROM PROHIBITION ALSO!!!

    Back in the sixties & seventies(and eighties) we only dreamed about this day but were confident it would NEVER happen in our lifetimes. Now here it is unfolding in front of our eyes while we are still young enough to enjoy it.

    Truly an amazing time for those of us that had to live in fear of lifetime prison sentences just for using pot.

  13. On to getting rid of the hateful and wrong Schedule 1 classification. Wrong and unworthy to science, it doesn’t make any sense to have cannabis carry the same weight as meth, heroin and whatever else is on that list. This thing (weed) is not like the others, play the childhood game DOJ, FDA, Pres. Obama. Which one is mmmmmmmmmmmm Different? Figure it out please!

  14. I hope this gets even more states to vote for legalization in 2016. It was exciting that even in a year when the conservatives seem to have the momentum that so many of the measures were over 50%. I think this is crossing the lines between all of the political parties, politicians should be taking note. I use to think that this may not happen in my lifetime, but it’s here!

  15. stellarvoyager on

    Congratulations to Alaska! I am glad that we weren’t the only state to legalize this year. I honestly didn’t think it would pass in Alaska, so this victory is icing on the cake. Onwards to California, Nevada, Maine, Vermont, Mass and more in 2016!

  16. Cannabis_Heals on

    This is so exciting to hear! Reform needs to happen across the all states. I wish we could make this happen faster but the older generation still believes Marijuana is some evil plant. I don’t want to wait till they all retire and the next generation legalizes it without question. Frustrating but very good to see.

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