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Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow
    #3304675 - 11/01/04 02:48 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Looks interesting. If it passes, and is successfull in the next couple years, more states could follow.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=6675259

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Voters in Alaska will decide on Tuesday whether to make their state the first in the country to legalize the sale, possession or use of marijuana by adults.

Alaska already allows legal possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults, the most liberal policy among the 50 U.S. states, thanks to a 1975 state Supreme Court ruling.

"Our territory and now state has traditionally been the home of people who prize their individuality and who have chosen to settle or to continue living here in order to achieve a measure of control over their own lifestyles which is now virtually unattainable in many of our sister states," the oft-quoted ruling said.

Supporters say further decriminalizing pot would allow local governments and the state to regulate and tax it and free up police to pursue serious crimes.

"This is a very broad initiative that says, instead of the prohibition model, let's try the regulation model," said David Finkelstein, a former state Democratic lawmaker helping to organize the initiative campaign for Tuesday's election.

Opponents of the measure argue full legalization would be a step backward for Alaska, a state of about 650,000 people, which has an extremely high rate of substance abuse, including the use of marijuana by youths.

Tuesday's initiative will be the third in six years asking Alaska voters about marijuana policy. In 1998, voters approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, but two years later they rejected one that would have legalized the drug and mandated financial restitution for people convicted in the past of marijuana offenses.

Alaska's initiative is one of three marijuana questions on ballots across the country. In Oregon, voters are being asked to expand allowable medical marijuana use, and voters in Montana will decide whether to become the 10th state to legalize its medical use.

Pro-initiative groups said no opinion polls had been taken on the measure. But if the initiative passes, Alaska's Legislature will be responsible for defining how to regulate marijuana, in the same way the state decides on alcohol restrictions. After the 1975 ruling, the Legislature defined a "small amount" of marijuana as 4 ounces (114 grams).

With financial backing from the Marijuana Policy Project, a group funded partly by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, the initiative group has used television advertisements and mailings to emphasize Alaskans' love for personal freedoms.

Initiative opponents fume at the idea marijuana use has anything to do with Alaskan individuality, although they admit the argument is powerful.

"In Alaska, fiction has always won out over fact," said Matt Fagnani, president of an Anchorage drug-testing company and chairman of a group called Alaskans Against the Legalization of Marijuana and Hemp


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Worf]
    #3304681 - 11/01/04 02:51 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

If this passes, I know what state I'll be moving to.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: silversoul7]
    #3304690 - 11/01/04 02:53 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Alaska is a beautiful state. Just be sure to bring a woman with you because there aren't many up there.

I like the part at the end where the guy that's against marijuana is president of a drug testing company. Of course he's against it, he'll go out of business!


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Worf]
    #3304717 - 11/01/04 03:01 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

outputrotation said:
Alaska is a beautiful state. Just be sure to bring a woman with you because there aren't many up there.



Ya, definitely. I'll make sure I'm not still single when and if I move. The winters there are way too long to spend by yourself.

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I like the part at the end where the guy that's against marijuana is president of a drug testing company. Of course he's against it, he'll go out of business!



Not necessarily, but he'll certainly lose a lot of business when companies are no longer forced to drug test. There might still be some companies who, for whatever reason, want their employees to be drug-free. And of course, it's just marijuana we're talking about here. All those other drugs are still illegal.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Worf]
    #3304724 - 11/01/04 03:04 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Didn't Alaska already do this a while back, then turn around and re-illegalize it a few weeks later?

I hope it sticks, this time...


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: trendal]
    #3306127 - 11/01/04 08:24 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

It didn't pass last time. Real close though, if i remember correctly.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Teragon]
    #3306302 - 11/01/04 09:09 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Last time, they were going to retroactively pay back all fines already gathered for MJ possession. It woulda' been nice, but just too costly.

This new bill looks seems more likely to pass.

I hope it does.

If one state legalizes, more are sure to follow.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Rose]
    #3306315 - 11/01/04 09:12 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Like dominoes, I hope :smile:

Alaska is right on our border, too. We're still talking about decrim, up here, so Alaska would give everyone a good kick in the ass!


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Rose]
    #3306802 - 11/01/04 10:56 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

who's dumbass idea was it to write a bill to retroactively
pay back the fines?

let's take baby steps here, people.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: afoaf]
    #3306842 - 11/01/04 11:03 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Oh... that was my idea. :smirk: sorry.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Rose]
    #3306903 - 11/01/04 11:15 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

just a general question...I mean, doesn't that just seem ludicrous?!


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: afoaf]
    #3306926 - 11/01/04 11:22 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Sounds like a (excuse the pun)... pipe dream.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: afoaf]
    #3307023 - 11/01/04 11:45 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I definitely think all non-violent marijuana prisoners should be set free immediately.

Does this, or the last bill do that?


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Rose]
    #3307055 - 11/01/04 11:52 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Sounds like a (excuse the pun)... pipe dream.

I HATE, yes HATE!, how every reporter that writes an article on marijuana is required by law to use a "cutesy" double-entendre in the headline.

Oh, shit! I just accidentally did it - the "HEAD line" *guffaw - har de har har*.


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Rose]
    #3307079 - 11/01/04 11:58 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

:lol:


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Swami]
    #3307215 - 11/02/04 12:33 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

"Alaska goes to pot"






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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Learyfan]
    #3307246 - 11/02/04 12:42 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Stop it! Stop it! Arrrgggggghhhhh.  :mad2:


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Swami]
    #3308353 - 11/02/04 10:57 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Maybe they'll even vote for the Green Party. :stoned:


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: silversoul7]
    #3308498 - 11/02/04 11:37 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

BTW, is Tommy Chong still in The Joint?  :smirk:


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Re: Alaskan Voters Decide To Legalise Marijuana Tomarrow [Re: Swami]
    #3308606 - 11/02/04 12:15 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I like the part where 4 oz is a "small" amount.


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