Sponsors of a petition to legalize marijuana in Alaska sent out a call to action this week, with an email headlined: “Save the initiative — volunteer NOW!”
Dr. Timothy Hinterberger has previously explained the petition’s focus…
Hinterberger: “The bill would tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana in Alaska by persons 21 and older. It would allow people to possess marijuana. They would have to present identification showing their age in order to buy marijuana or marijuana accessories.”
He explained that the latest push is intended to motivate volunteers to gather the 45,000 signatures the group wants to submit to the Division of Elections by Dec 1. He said they’re not directly worried about the future of the proposal.
The group doesn’t need 45,000 signatures to make it onto next year’s ballot, the actual figure is closer to 30,000, but sponsors say they want to cover all bases.
We’ve previously spoken to volunteer Gabriel Vanzee…
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.”
The petition has until June to gather signatures, but if it is to appear on next year’s ballot it must be submitted before the start of the next legislative session on January 21.