Put that in your pipe and smoke it. But don’t buy it. Or sell it.
Alaska voters made their voices mildly clear today when legislation passed by a 52 to 48 percent margin on the issue of legal weed. The vote makes it legal for any persons 21 and over to possess up to an ounce for personal use, as well as grow up to six plants on private property. And that’s pretty much where it ends.
While the vote makes it legal to possess (and consume on private property), the buying and selling of remains in that ever-seductive realm of “not legal.” So the current state of Alaska’s marijuana law is, what experts here at Dabs might call, “sticky.”
Only the third state to pass in favor of recreational marijuana (the others being Colorado and Washington), Alaska now sits in the purgatorial land also occupied by Washington D.C. and Oregon. A land that allows its people to possess or consume a product it does not allow them to obtain. But the future seems bright.
The coming year should see legislation go in favor of commercial farms and dispensaries, allowing for the first shops to open come 2016.
And as lawmakers move to put more regulations in place under the growing wave of decriminalization, the places where revenue does come into play show signs of promise. These huge income numbers and massive consumer values only weigh more and more heavily on the powers that be in the good old heart of western capitalism.
Despite any signs of progress however, one must remember that our federal government still lists marijuana a Schedule I substance, right up there with the lady brown, heroin. And John Boehner has a job.
So congratulations, Alaska. Thank you for proving every year away from Palin is a good one. And that time heals all wounds.