Alaska marijuana measure qualifies for primary ballot

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February 5, 2014

By Brittany Clingen

Alaska
Alaska is the second state, behind Florida, to confirm that a marijuana-related measure will go before voters in 2014. A measure that seeks to allow people age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants garnered enough valid signatures to appear on the state's August 19 primary ballot. If approved by voters, the measure will also make the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia legal.[1][2] A group of citizens calling themselves "The Alaska Campaign to Regulate Marijuana" is officially sponsoring the measure, however the Marijuana Policy Project is also a known proponent.[2]

Supporters of the initiative were required to collect 30,169 signatures by January 9, 2014 in order to land the measure on the ballot. "The Alaska Campaign to Regulate Marijuana" said it turned in approximately 46,000 signatures on Wednesday, January 8, a day ahead of the state's deadline.[2] On February 4, 2014, the Alaska's Division of Elections confirmed that enough valid signatures were verified to send the measure to the ballot. Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska's Division of Elections, said, "It's a matter now of officially getting the certification documents signed by the lieutenant governor." If voters do approve the measure in August, Alaska will become the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.[3]

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