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Alaska Becomes Fourth State to Vote for Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is coming to Alaska. On Tuesday the voters of Alaska narrowly approved Measure 2. With 96.8 percent of precincts reporting the measure is at 52.1 percent yes to 47.9 percent no.

The measure will legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults age 21 and over. Adults will be able to possess up to an ounce and grow a limited number of plants at home. The state will need to set up a system to license and regulate marijuana businesses, overseen by either the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board or a new marijuana-specific agency assigned to the task. Commercial marijuana will be subjected to a 50 percent per ounce excise tax.

This makes Alaska the fourth state to vote for marijuana legalization. Earlier in the day Oregon approved Measure 91 and during the last cycle Colorado and Washington become the first states to adopt legalization. In addition the voters of D.C. approved their own marijuana legalization measures, but there is a chance that it might not go into effect because Congress has the power to overturn any local law in the District.

This is not only an important policy victory for the marijuana reform movement but also very big political victory. It shows that marijuana legalization can even win in a traditional Republican state.

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Alaska Becomes Fourth State to Vote for Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is coming to Alaska. On Tuesday the voters of Alaska narrowly approved Measure 2. With 96.8 percent of precincts reporting the measure is at 52.1 percent yes to 47.9 percent no.

The measure will legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults age 21 and over. Adults will be able to possess up to an ounce and grow a limited number of plants at home. The state will need to set up a system to license and regulate marijuana businesses, overseen by either the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board or a new marijuana-specific agency assigned to the task. Commercial marijuana will be subjected to a 50 percent per ounce excise tax.

This makes Alaska the fourth state to vote for marijuana legalization. Earlier in the day Oregon approved Measure 91 and during the last cycle Colorado and Washington become the first states to adopt legalization. In addition the voters of D.C. approved their own marijuana legalization measures, but there is a chance that it might not go into effect because Congress has the power to overturn any local law in the District.

This is not only an important policy victory for the marijuana reform movement but also very big political victory. It shows that marijuana legalization can even win in a traditional Republican state. (more…)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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