Today is a monumental day for Alaskan stoners: Marijuana becomes legal.
Alaska joins Colorado and Washington with laws permitting recreational use by adults.
Voters approved legalization in November. Alaskans may possess and transport up to an ounce of marijuana.
But there’s a snag. Anyone who wants to legally possess pot must grow it or find a friend who gives it up for free.
No money can change hands. Not yet.
The state has a nine-month deadline to create regulations for a commercial cannabis industry that will be taxed. Retail sales aren’t expected to begin until May 2016.
On July 1, Oregon will become the fourth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Michigan is considered among the top contenders for approving recreational pot in the near future, along with California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine.
A poll by Michigan NORML found that 50% of the respondents were in favor of legalization, 46% were opposed and 4% were undecided.