Alaska

Tue
24
Feb

Alaska becomes latest state to legalize marijuana use

(CNN)Marijuana smokers now have a new place to put on their bucket lists: Alaska, which on Tuesday became the third state to officially OK marijuana use.

Following Colorado's lead, voters passed the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot measure in November. Legalization became official on Tuesday, which means that now "the use of marijuana (is) legal for persons 21 years of age or older."

There are limits to this law, as there are in similar ones in other states. People still can't legally have more than 1 ounce of marijuana on them. Nor can they harvest more than 4 ounces in their home. And consuming marijuana in public and driving while high are no-nos.

Tue
24
Feb

Marijuana Is Officially Legal In Alaska

Marijuana is now legal for adults in Alaska.

Alaska on Tuesday becomes the third U.S. state to end prohibition of marijuana, officially putting into effect Ballot Measure 2, approved by 53 percent of state voters in November.

Alaskans age 21 and older may now legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow as many as six marijuana plants in their homes (with no more than three flowering), and possess any additional marijuana produced by those plants.

 

Shops selling legal recreational marijuana aren't likely to open until 2016, after the state legislature establishes a regulatory framework. State lawmakers have begun introducing legislation to that end.

Tue
13
Jan

Alaska Voters Approve Historic Ballot Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

ANCHORAGE – Alaska voters approved a ballot initiative Tuesday to end marijuana prohibition in the state and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. The initiative was leading 52.15% to 47.85% with 100% of precincts reporting at the end of the night. Ballot Measure 2 makes possession […]

Tue
13
Jan

Alaska Becomes 4th US State to Legalize Marijuana

ANCHORAGE, AK — In a trifecta for marijuana legalization initiatives Tuesday, Alaska has joined Oregon and Washington, DC, in voting to free the weed. That makes it the fourth state to do so. Measure 2 allows adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (three mature). It also allows […]

Tue
13
Jan

Alaska and Oregon Voters Approve Ballot Measure to End Marijuana Prohibition, Capping Off Historic Election Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alaska voters approved a ballot measure to end marijuana prohibition on Tuesday, capping off a historic election year for marijuana policy reform. Voters in Oregon adopted a similar measure earlier in the evening, making it the third state in the nation to end marijuana prohibition, following Colorado and Washington. Measure 91 in […]

Tue
13
Jan

Lawmakers to Consider Banning Marijuana Sales in Alaska’s Largest City

ANCHORAGE, AK — Anchorage lawmakers next month will consider banning the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska’s largest city, which if passed would deal an early blow to a voter-approved law that would establish a statewide seed-to-sale cannabis industry. Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, with support from two colleagues, introduced the ordinance on Tuesday before the […]

Tue
30
Dec

Pot Pie, Redefined? Chefs Start to Experiment With Cannabis

BOULDER, Colo. — Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night pork belly poutine.

But cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit.

In Colorado, which has issued more than 160 edible marijuana licenses, skilled line cooks are leaving respected restaurants to take more lucrative jobs infusing cannabis into food and drinks. In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, a large cannabis bakery dedicated to affluent customers with good palates will soon open in Seattle.

Mon
15
Dec

Cannabis tourism: Travel to US pot spots on the rise

Move over, Amsterdam and Vancouver (sometimes known as “Vansterdam” for its notoriously loose, yet still illegal, pot culture): There’s a new plume of cannabis tourism locales on the rise in the U.S.

Amsterdam has long topped lists of destinations for travelers seeking legal recreational marijuana, but new laws across the U.S. are producing a fresh crop of hot pot spots.

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