Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alaska is third U.S. state to legalize marijuana use

Alaska becomes third US state to legalise recreational marijuana use | The Guardian - Reuters:

February 24, 2015 - "Alaska has made smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana legal, becoming the third US state to decriminalise the recreational use of the drug.

"The Republican-leaning state, which narrowly passed the measure in November, on Tuesday followed similar moves by Colorado and Washington states, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. It remains illegal under federal law.

"Anyone aged 21 or older can now possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Alaska and can grow up to six marijuana plants, three of which can be flowering.

"Smoking in public and buying and selling the drug remains illegal – though private exchanges are allowed if money is not involved.

"Barack Obama’s justice department has cautiously allowed the experiments to proceed, saying it would look to prosecute a narrower range of marijuana-related crimes, such as sales to children....

"Alaskan officials, and the state’s alcohol regulatory board, which is due to meet on Tuesday, still have to fill a number of gaps in the legislation – for example a definition of the public places where people cannot light up.

"State regulators are still drafting rules covering the taxation and sale of marijuana, which must be adopted by 24 November. Applications for the first business licences will not be accepted until February 2016."

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