Organizers of the Alaskan legalization movement “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana,” backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, have recently announced that they have gathered almost 45,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot.
The campaign has collected almost 15,000 extra signatures to the 31,169 signatures needed to let voters decide to the issue. There is still nearly a month left until the January 21st deadline, so signatures are still being collected to account for the invalid signatures of people who can’t vote in Alaska. Generally, no more than 30% of signatures are ruled invalid – and with those calculations, the petition would have just barely collected enough signatures.
Alaska could become the next state to legalize marijuana, because even if other states qualify to have the issue on the November ballot, Alaska would vote on the issue in August. Alaska could become the 3rd state in the United States, to legalize recreational marijuana use, and they have a system for how they want it to work, laid out with the petition.
The initiative would legalize possession of up to an ounce of weed, by adults 21 and over, and cultivation of up to six cannabis plants (only three flowering) and all of their harvests. The rules and regulations for use of the drug, would be developed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, instead of creating a new Marijuana Control Board to oversee legislation. There will be a 15-20% wholesale tax, another 10% retail tax, and cities will be allowed to place their own taxes too.
What happens in Alaska during the next few months could be very important to how other states will decide to deal with the drug. We will keep you updated on any changes.