Possession and consumption of marijuana have been legal in Alaska since 1975, when the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that such activity is protected by the state constitution as long as it is confined to the privacy of the home and involves “personal use” amounts. It looks like an initiative that finally addresses the question of where people are supposed to get this pot they are allowed to smoke will be on the ballot this August, which could make Alaska the first state to join Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana. This week an official count certified enough signatures to qualify the initiative, which aims to “regulate marijuana like alcohol.”

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