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    Now, if Supporters Can Just Remember to Vote

    Mon Nov 1, 7:42 AM ET Oddly Enough - Reuters


    By Yereth Rosen


    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

  • #2
    ehhh...too cold
    "Put your hands in the air, like ya got the heat to ya back
    and shake ya body like a baby born addicted to crack."
    Immortal Technique

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    • #3
      ^werd lol
      HEADSHOTS; NIGGA FUCK YO VEST

      www.***********.info

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      • #4
        well all they need is a red light district now

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        • #5
          You can smoke all you want in alaska, it is not like they have a lot of cops controlling that huge population /sarcasm

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          • #6
            its so cold down there you cant even light the damn weed
            Who is d12?

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            • #7
              thats cool
              Originally posted by Ifbbita
              as for this thread, I was thinking about buying a 500 Smith and Wesson Magnum. With hollow tip rounds, you can blast a hole through Jesus...
              Fucking Awesome

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              • #8
                source?

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                • #9
                  actually parts of canada do not get much colder than chicago or new york does in the winter time. peece

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                  • #10
                    they voted against it (43% pro legislation, 57% against it, if i remember right)
                    djf

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                    • #11
                      i know a kid in alaska...he always had some bomb ass weed man. awww...shane...lol

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                      • #12
                        montana (i believe it was montana) voted for it though....

                        there were 3 states with weed on the ballot and 1 approved.

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                        • #13
                          are you saying that adults can legally sell and use weed for personal use in montana now?

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                          • #14
                            No I thought that the Montana measure was a medicinal type.
                            Oh its true, its true

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                            • #15
                              ^ yeah...it is the one in alaska was for over 21 user, government taxation (similar to tobacco and alcohol), small quantity...

                              montana, i believe, allows medical patients (with doctor approval) to grow, possess, and use small amounts for various ailments...

                              from http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/pag...lot.measures/:

                              "Montana Initiative 148: Medical Marijuana
                              Registered patients with debilitating medical conditions could produce, possess and use marijuana; a patient or caregiver would need certification by a physician when applying for medical use; conditions specifically mentioned in the initiative are cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS; patients with other conditions that produce chronic pain, seizures, severe muscle spasms would be considered; initiative says registered users can possess a "limited amount" of marijuana." -passed 62% to 38%

                              "Alaska | Measure 2: Legalizing Marijuana
                              Would legalize the cultivation, use and sale of marijuana for persons 21 and older; the state and local government would regulate marijuana like alcohol and tobacco; doctors would be able to prescribe drugs to all patients, including children; public use laws could be enacted by the government as well as laws in the interest of public safety." -failed 57% to 43%

                              "Oregon Measure 33: Medical Marijuana
                              Amends and expands Oregon's medical marijuana laws; registered persons may possess up to 10 marijuana plants and one pound of usable marijuana (unless the person registers that he is growing one crop per year, in which case possession of up to six pounds per patient is allowed); marijuana dispensaries will be regulated and authorized by the state and must be non-profits; allows naturopaths and nurse practioners to sign a medical marijuana card application." -failed 58% to 42%

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