Alaska recently became the third U.S. state to legalize the use of recreational Marijuana, following Washington state, Oregon, and Washington D.C. The Pacific Northwest is known for having a strongly rooted pot culture but Alaska is not as accustomed to forward thinking, making it the first Red State to legalize the sticky green leaf. Citizens of Alaska who are 21 and older can possess, grow, transport, display marijuana while making sure to not sell or smoke in public.
“Alaska now has some of the most sensible marijuana laws in the nation.”
Says Tim Hinterberger, chair of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Alaska decriminalized marijuana in 1975 and in 1998, medicinal marijuana became legal as well, thus ruling out the option for medical marijuana for some reason. Even though Alaska has implemented relaxed Marijuana laws they still carefully enforce the regulations on the substance, spending $8.5 million to law enforcement annually.
Taylor Bickford, spokesperson for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska Said:
“People here generally want to be left alone and really don’t think the government is the solution to their problems.”
It appears that there will also be specialized laws per city and county in Alaska when it comes to pot. The city council on which Sarah Palin once served on in Wasilla has something to say about legalized consumption. Right before the inception of Alaska’s marijuana legalization, Wasilla’s city council deemed it illegal for residents to cook pot brownies and other edibles in their homes. This appears to be a classic example of the government attempting to interject and create their own loopholes throughout legalization. As a common occurrence, the officials who oppose legalized pot use always try and get as much say in the initiative as possible.