Amendment 64-like proposal may be heading north to Alaska

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Could Alaska be the next state to legalize and regulate small amounts of cannabis for personal use?

Supporters in Juneau think so.

The process has begun to gather signatures for a ballot measure that would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use, allow for home cultivation and set up a state-regulated cannabis industry -- all things pioneered in Colorado.

In fact, the plan is nearly identical to Colorado's Amendment 64 in many ways, including language that allows adults to give cannabis away "without remuneration" and cultivate up to three flowering plants and three non-flowering plants at any time -- with the ability to keep the entire harvest.

Bill Parker, a former Alaska state representative and deputy commissioner of corrections turned marijuana advocate, says the proposal has been tailored to be much more "palatable" than previous legalization attempts. In 2004, a failed ballot initiative would have allowed adults over 21 to not only use and cultivate marijuana at home, but sell their harvest. The 2004 proposal would also have given amnesty to people previously convicted of marijuana crimes, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

The new proposal still allows for cannabis sales, but only through state-regulated stores -- much like the system Colorado legislators are currently creating.

Until relatively recently, Alaska had some of the country's most tolerant marijuana laws. Starting in the 1970s, possession of four ounces or less and cultivating up to 25 plants in your home for personal use weren't a crime. Since 2006, though, possession of up to an ounce in public has been considered a misdemeanor that can net you up to ninety days in jail and a $2,000 fine. And cultivation outside of the home is a felony that carries penalties of up to five years in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Supporters will have until January to gather 30,169 signatures from thirty of the forty districts in the state -- the requirement for getting an initiative on a primary ballot. The proposal would then go to the legislature before going to voters in November 2014.

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BuddJones
BuddJones

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Initiative to Nowhere ...

irq77
irq77

Great move Alaska!  :)

Dustin Quinn Branigan
Dustin Quinn Branigan

Fuck yeah, I'm heading to AK on the 13th! Where I go weed follows apparently. haha

Monkey
Monkey

 "all things pioneered in Colorado." Was that a joke, or just implying Colorado pioneered much more restrictions than previous marijuana reformers?

From 1970 to 2006, 4 ounces and 25 plants were decriminalized. Sounds way better than our 1 ounce and 6 plants. I'm sorry their 2004 initiative didn't work, that actually sounds like something worth voting for. I'm also sorry they plan on trying to fool the voters with a restricted Colorado style campaign this time around, seems like a big step backwards from the freedoms they've enjoyed longer than anyone. I'd push for the 2004 rules again and again until it passes, which it would, instead of follow a bunch of promises that won't pan out like our Colorado regulation scam. I hope a state does actually legalize weed soon, and make our regulations and enforcement of a plant look stupid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "without remuneration" [sic]

Idiotic Bong-Sucking imbeciles too illiterate to comprehend English DESERVE to FAIL by copying the FARCE that is A64.


BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay 

Boulder Bombshells

The City Council of Boulder has its panties all up it's cookies and has stopped issuing Medical Marijuana dispensary licenses for new locations until futher impact studies are made. The impact is already well known as proven by the increasing number of Metaphysical students that are transferring to CU for a Higher Education. While it has been documented many times there is still a great mystery to many in the Generation X age group as to what is cannabis and why is it called 420?

420 advocates argue that the legalization of cannabis will not come soon enough yet those that want to know how to get a medical marijuana card or where to get marijuana on the street. Cannabis lovers have relied on friends or other connections that stay in contact with private Master Growers know the importance of keeping good notes. Even if you are a student who works at Home Depot and have access to Grow Supplies the overall task of producing High Grade Pot is a really difficult until perfected.

BuddJones
BuddJones

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BuddJones
BuddJones

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BuddJones
BuddJones

@Tom Duryea

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BuddJones
BuddJones

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BuddJones
BuddJones

Do patients readily sign up as a member of your dispensary? How long is your Caregiver Agreement and what incentives do you offer exclusively?.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@siiyb@DonkeyHotayAre Colorado Medical Marijuana patients driving past your business just to go to another around the corner or down the street? What's up with that?.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@siiyb  = as pig-ignorant as the morons who wrote A64

Remuneration is the total of the financial and nonfinancial benefits to the employee of all the elements in the employment package

As MISUSED in A64 -- by retarded illiterate McLawyers who wrote that piece of crap -- it is an EPIC FAIL of the RESTRICTION and PROHIBITION those fucktards were attempting to impart.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotayFace it: you got served, and you're still in shock over it.

But pulling your definitions strictly from Wikipedia isn't really helping your cause. Try opening a fucking dictionary you fucktarded failure.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@siiyb = retard who -- like the idiots who wrote A64 -- has no fucking clue what "remuneration" means.

Keep failing, chump.

siiyb
siiyb

@DonkeyHotay

Face it: you got served, and you're still in shock over it.

But pulling your definitions strictly from Wikipedia isn't really helping your cause. Try opening a fucking dictionary you fucktarded failure.

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