Alaska becomes third state to legalize marijuana, but there’s a catch

February 24, 2015

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.

poll by Michigan NORML found that 50% of the respondents were in favor of legalization, 46% were opposed and 4% were undecided.

Polling Memo on Marijuana Legalization Monday, January 12, 2015 Contact: Bernie Porn, EPIC-MRA 517-886-0860 Off 517-285-5681 cell EPIC-MRA Statewide Survey – 600 sample – 4% error rate Conducted by live callers from December 10-14, 2014 Includes 20% cell phones Commissioned by Michigan NORML, the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Key findings A 50% majority of Michigan voters would vote “yes” on a ballot proposal to legalize and tax marijuana, with 46% voting “no” and 4% undecided This is up 3 points from a 47% plurality in September of 2013 who favored one of four proposals which was described to legalize and tax marijuana Here is the question all survey respondents were asked in the December 2014 survey: “On another topic, voters may circulate petitions to place a proposal on a future election ballot relating to the issue of marijuana. The proposal would make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older. Also, it would allow the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 or older only by stores that would be licensed by the state, and finally, it would tax the sale of marijuana by these state licensed stores. If this proposal were to appear on a future election ballot, if the election were held today, would you vote yes to approve of the proposal, or would you vote no to oppose it? [IF VOTING YES/NO, ASK: “Would you definitely vote (YES/NO), or probably vote (YES/NO)?” AND CODE BEST RESPONSE] [IF UNDECIDED, ASK: “Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting yes to approve of the proposed law or no to oppose it?” AND CODE BEST RESPONSE] 39% Definitely vote yes 9% Probably vote yes 2% Lean toward voting yes 50% TOTAL VOTE YES 46% TOTAL VOTE NO 35% Definitely vote no 8% Probably vote no 3% Lean toward voting no 4% Undecided/Refused Clearly, a bare majority of Michigan voters would vote “yes” on a proposal to legalize the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for adults age 21 or older

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