Alaska Next To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use?

Alaska is a specific state. Its obviously quite disconnected from the rest of the U.S., or the world for that matter. Because of its location and general atmosphere we always thought there wasn’t really all that much to do in Alaska during your spare time. Growing marijuana kind of popped up instantly when we talked about what would we even to there to begin with. There’s even a strain called Alaskan Thunderfuck aka Matanuska Tundra, which is quite respect among medical marijuana patients. It is grown in the Matanuska Valley in Alaska, in a region where vegetables grow particularly enormous. According to hundreds of testimonials from people who smoked, everybody was awed by it, hyping this almost mythological strain even more.

Trouble With Marijuana

40 years ago, the high court ruled that all adults in Alaska have the ride to posses and consume small amounts of cannabis in the privacy of their own homes. Alaska has had its fair share of problems with marijuana but it was also one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in the U.S in 1990. However, despite the growing support for marijuana, in 2004, an attempt to legalize marijuana for recreational use failed miserably. The bill basically allowed you to posses, smoke, grow, sell and give away marijuana and hemp products. Obviously, it would be impossible to regulate each and every person so that’s pretty much the main reason why it failed in the first place.

Then, 2 years latter, possessing even the smallest amounts of marijuana was criminalized because marijuana has reached a much higher level of potency, making it inevitably a bad idea. Today, the dark clouds of marijuana denial seem to be shifting, as marijuana advocates believe that the state will allow them to start gathering signatures necessary to include the proposition on the next ballot in 2014.

New Bill, New Hope

This new bill is significantly different from the one in 2004 and that’s why most supporters believe it has a good chance. Its based on that high court ruling from 1975 and basically allows adults to posses up to an ounce of marijuana, buy it legally at a dispensary and drive home with it. Upon arrival at their house, they are free to do whatever they want with it.

As the green rush sweeps across the U.S., a myriad of bills were filed in order to either decriminalize marijuana or reduce the possession penalties to a minimum. Most of those bills either failed to see the light of day or have been transferred to 2014. However, it seems that people remain optimistic about the matter, as there has been a lot more talk lately on how to regulate marijuana, rather than whether we should regulate it at all. That’s a positive shift, that’s not questionable. However, gathering 30,000 signatures seems like a decent challenge for Alaska, don’t you think?


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