Alaska marijuana measure has enough signatures for vote: backers

Wed Jan 8, 2014 6:58pm EST

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(Reuters) - Backers of a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use in Alaska submitted 45,000 signatures on Wednesday in support of their cause, more than enough to put the matter to voters later this year, they said.

"Marijuana prohibition is a failed policy that has made criminals out of law-abiding Alaskans and Americans for far too long," said Tim Hinterberger, a co-sponsor of the initiative and a professor of neuroanatomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, told Reuters.

The measure, which would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants of their own, would make Alaska the third state to legalize recreational pot use after Colorado and Washington voted to do so in 2012.

If enough signatures are validated - roughly 30,000 are needed - the measure will be eligible to go before Alaska voters in the 2014 primary election in August.

Alaska election officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Dan Grebler)

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AmericanJoe1 wrote:
In my opinion the whole limits on how much you can possess isn’t legalization. Would you find it acceptable if you went to the tobacco shop or the beer store and the law said you could only possess 10 cigars and 12 beers at a time? If it is legal it is legal…. stop these stupid games with the limits. Maybe we should start limiting how many tomato plants you are allowed to grow at any given time, how about people are only allowed to possess 300 ML of wine at any given moment…. guess all those who like to stock up for volume discounts will not be nickled and dimed. You want to legalize it, then do so. Don’t play stupid games with it.

Jan 08, 2014 7:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:
If Alaska puts limits to the LAW I am happy. The excuse right now is on the table: he or she was intoxicated!!!!! I can not afford one excuse so as stupid as the ones that gave green light consuming the drug.

Jan 08, 2014 7:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mr.greengenes wrote:
1st off its not a drug, educate yourself, marijuana is a herb , it was classified as a drug under the Nixon administration, the laws are & always has been racists since 1937, are you on prescription drugs because your comment didn’t make much sense, alcohol & cigarettes are the most destructible gateway drugs on the market but America seems to accept them , noone has ever died or O D’d on marijuana yet it is condemned ,I believe that domestic violence against women was 1 of the argueing factors for legalizing marijuana in Colorado, i remember hearing about a 5 or 10 yr program that was conducted that found that 90 % of the domestic violence calls police responded to were alcohol related & 0% were related to marijuana , a strong case for americans for safe access& don’t get me started on all the industrial uses. the govt wants you on prescription drugs & the pharmicutical companies don’t want you growing your own meds

Jan 08, 2014 8:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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