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KingPriest2
11-02-2004, 02:25 PM
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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.

© Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.

BIG_DADDY
11-02-2004, 02:26 PM
Cool

Baby Lee
11-02-2004, 02:26 PM
Dude! Where's my snowmobile?

BIG_DADDY
11-02-2004, 02:30 PM
Dude! Where's my snowmobile?

ROFL

Duck Dog
11-02-2004, 02:34 PM
Dude! Where's my snowmobile?
ROFL

That made me snort.

Earthling
11-02-2004, 02:39 PM
Guess I know where I'll be going on vacation next year..!! :thumb:

Radar Chief
11-02-2004, 02:45 PM
Dude! Where's my snowmobile?

An Eskimo is having troubles with his snowmobile so he takes it to the snowmobile repairman. The snowmobile repairman looks it over then says, “I hate to tell you this but it looks like you blew a seal” to which the Eskimo replied, “Oh no, that’s just snow in my mustache”. :)

Braincase
11-02-2004, 03:02 PM
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tiptap
11-02-2004, 03:17 PM
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And I won't have to cross the Atlantic to Amsterdam. The inland ferry traffic is going to go up.

Bowser
11-02-2004, 03:59 PM
And we're supposed to be a nation of fat asses NOW?

ENDelt260
11-02-2004, 04:09 PM
And we're supposed to be a nation of fat asses NOW?
Salient point.

Legalize cocaine, too.

RedNFeisty
11-02-2004, 04:13 PM
And we're supposed to be a nation of fat asses NOW?Who are you calling a fat ass!?! :)

I think it is pretty sweet!

ENDelt260
11-02-2004, 04:18 PM
I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Bowser
11-02-2004, 04:27 PM
Salient point.

Legalize cocaine, too.

Heh.....

"The best diet I was ever on, was when I was hooked on crack. I would pick up my TV, and run as fast as I could down to the pawn shop. Lost 50 pounds in two weeks!"

I remember the line, but who in the hell was that comedian??

Inspector
11-02-2004, 04:52 PM
So maybe we will actually have freedom somewhere in the U.S.?

Cool! It's about time.

I especially like the line about freeing up the police to go after crime. Too bad the rest of the U.S. doesn't adopt this attitude.

listopencil
11-02-2004, 04:53 PM
We have medicinal marijuana laws in CA but they are being challenged on a Federal level. It's supposed to go to the Supreme Court. I posted a link a while back about a couple of women who had their apartment busted into by the ATF and had their medicinal stash carted off. Just another reason that I find the Libertarian Party attractive, I prefer a smaller and less powerful Federal Government with more power held on the state level.

el borracho
11-04-2004, 02:23 AM
How did this end up?

Pants
11-04-2004, 02:28 AM
Making marijuana legal will have an awesome effect on the War on Drugs.

Ari Chi3fs
11-04-2004, 02:31 AM
failed miserably... seriously though... if you are in alaska... wouldnt you HAVE to be stoned? It should be MANDATORY. heh.

BushGaveMeApplePie
11-04-2004, 02:32 AM
failed miserably... seriously though... if you are in alaska... wouldnt you HAVE to be stoned? It should be MANDATORY. heh.
lol no doubt!

Amnorix
11-04-2004, 08:29 AM
Aren't there federal laws about distribution, etc. of drugs including Mary Jane? Won't help Alaskans much to strip it off their books if it's still a federal crime.


But it does send a message to Washington, and that alone is good...

DenverChief
11-04-2004, 11:27 PM
Montana passed medical MJ

DenverChief
11-04-2004, 11:28 PM
Aren't there federal laws about distribution, etc. of drugs including Mary Jane? Won't help Alaskans much to strip it off their books if it's still a federal crime.


But it does send a message to Washington, and that alone is good...


True but the feds only have so many resources and if locla Law Enforcement refuses to help or is directed not to help....

Bwana
11-05-2004, 09:08 AM
Montana passed medical MJ

That went through 60 / 40. It is medical only in Montana.