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Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8 (1998)

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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.[1]

The chief sponsors of the measure were James Kentch, Sylvia Short and Kentlee Woodman.

Election results

Alaska Medical Marijuana Act, Measure 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 131,586 58.7%
No92,70141.3%

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.

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