Fact 006: Marijuana has been legalized for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and it’s still legal today
Although it remains banned to smoke publicly, Alaskans are now allowed to possess up to 1 ounce and 6 plants.
After the vote to legalize marijuana was passed, Alaska citizens can now take great pleasure in the smoking of weed as the law has allowed the official use of marijuana in privates. Under this new law, Alaskans are now allowed to smoke marijuana in their various homes and have up to 6 plants in each residence. However, smoking weed in public remains illegal and every violator will be forced to pay an $100 fan.
The new decriminalized pot law in Alaska is not as lax as Washington and Colorado, but it is very much more drug accepting than the policies of the other 47 states toward marijuana. For example, Time notes that if someone is asked to pull over for an ounce of weed found in the vehicle (the highest quantity accepted by the new law) or expired tags in Alaska, the driver will just be fined for the expired tag alone. (Which means, unless there is an evidence of marijuana puffing and driving, which is still against the law).
According to the data gotten from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Alaskan citizens are being constantly reported for making use of marijuana more often than any other state. However, this could be because of the fact that the state has legalized the possession and personal use of the plant. As the recently reported Washington Post, the supreme Court legalized the right to consume, cultivate and possess little amounts of pot in various homes in 1975. The case State v. Ravin, rounded up with the judge making mention of the privacy right stated in the constitution of the state.
Alaska has largely stood away from marijuana issues since 1975 (when the Supreme Court of the state legalized the use of marijuana inside the home as a part of their protective and unique privacy laws). However, having marijuana in one’s possession was still criminalized, establishing a catch-22 which Alaska grappled with for 30 years before the decision to legalize marijuana settled the problem. For the residents of Alaska, it was a day where the issues of ‘Is it not legal?’ or ‘Is it legal?’ was clarified.
However, there were real concerns about effect that would be caused of legalized weed in Alaska, most especially in a Native community of Americans that was already rife with suicide, domestic violence and drug use. A council member in Manokotak, Nick Edward, said “When they start depending on smoking marijuana, I don’t know how far they’d go to get the funds they need to support it, to support themselves.” Details concerning the selling of marijuana in Alaska are equally still being considered.
To ensure Alaskan residents do not descend into marijuana smoking madness, the state came up with plan to line buses with phrases like “With great marijuana laws, comes great responsibility” and “consume responsibly.”