Alaska Ballot Measure 8
, also known as the Bill Allowing Medical Use of Marijuana
, was on the November 3, 1998
election ballot in Alaska
as an indirect initiated state statute
, where it was approved
The chief sponsors of the measure were James Kentch, Sylvia Short and Kentlee Woodman.
| Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8|
| Yes|| 131,586|| 58.7%|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This bill would allow patients to use marijuana for certain medical purposes. A doctor must find that the patient has a debilitating medical condition that might benefit from marijuana. An eligible minor could use medical marijuana only under the consent and control of a parent. There would be limits on how much medical marijuana a patient could possess. Patients and their primary care-givers who comply with this law would not be guilty of a crime. The state would create a confidential registry of patients who may use medical marijuana. Non-medical use of marijuana would still be a crime.
Path to the ballot
- Application was received in the Lieutenant Governor's Office on October 29, 1997.
- A copy of the application and signatures were sent to the Department of Law and Division of Elections on October 30, 1997.
- The Division of Elections determined that there were a sufficient number of sponsor signatures on November 5, 1997.
- The application was certified on November 21, 1996.
- Petition booklets were issued to the initiative committee on November 25, 1997.
- The one year filing deadline was November 25, 1998.
- Petition booklets were submitted to the Division of Elections on January 12, 1998.
- Lieutenant Governor Ulmer certified the petition for this initiative as properly filed on April 12, 1998.
- The initiative appeared on the 1998 general election ballot.