After a ballot measure was passed in November, Alaska officially legalized the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday, becoming the third state in the country to do so. It is still illegal in The Last Frontier to smoke marijuana in public, The Associated Press reported.
Alaskans voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in November, 53 to 47 percent, The Week reported. NPR pointed out state residents are now allow to harvest up to six plants on private property.
“You can still give people marijuana, but you can’t buy it – or even barter for it,” said Alexandra Gutierrez of Alaska Public Media. “So, it’s a pretty legally awkward spot. That probably won’t stop people from acquiring it though.”
There are no stores yet, but black market sales are still illegal…The state is now crafting regulations for marijuana retailers, and the stores will be licensed and operational by next year.
Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent, proposed legislation Monday that will create a marijuana control board, which would not start operation until 2016. A similar board that regulates alcohol sales exists in the state.
Police officers in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, have queued up tickets for $100 fines for anyone caught smoking in public.
The 49th state joins Washington state and Colorado in legalizing the practice. Oregon will be legalizing marijuana in July. Voters in the District of Columbia legalized marijuana, which has since been blocked by Congress, NPR noted.
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