The petition to allow a public vote on marijuana has made its minimum number of qualified signatures.
Gail Fenumiai, Director of the Division of Elections, said they have qualified at least 31,500 signatures form various House districts around the state. The Lt. Governor hasn’t yet certified the petition, but he is expected to do so in the coming weeks. If certified, the question will appear on the August 19 ballot.
Volunteer Gabriel Vanzee helped collect the signatures, and said the aim was to start a conversation…
Vanzee: “What we’re hoping for is just to open up the debate again. The last time it came through in 2004 it got shut down but there were only like 45,000 voters at the time that actually voted on it which really wasn’t a real demographic of Alaska in my opinion, so this time we’re trying to get everyone out to vote young people, old people and everyone in the middle.”