The Legalize Marijuana Initiative
, also called Alaska Ballot Measure 2
was on the November 2004
election ballot in Alaska
as an indirect initiated state statute
, where it was defeated.
| Alaska Legalize Marijuana Act, Measure 2|
|Yes|| 134,647|| 44.3%|
Controversy arose over the description of the initiative in the state's official voter guide when it was learned that Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's office wrote part of the section opposing the initiative.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot said:
- This bill would remove civil and criminal penalties under state law for persons 21 years or older who grow, use, sell or give away marijuana or hemp products. State or local government could not require a permit or license for personal cultivation or distribution of marijuana, but could regulate marijuana like alcohol or tobacco. It removes all existing state restrictions on prescription of marijuana by a doctor for all patients, including children. It allows for laws limiting marijuana use in public and to protect public safety.
Donations included Alaskans for Marijuana Regulation and Control with $879,250, Alaskans for Rights and Revenue with $42,608, Alaska Hemp with $40,887 and Yes on 2 with $27,742, all in support of the measure. The donation total between the pro-amendment groups was $990,487.
Groups against the measure included Alaskans Against the Legalization of Marijuana, who spent $27,258 to defeat the act.