“Wait what?” is the common exclamation blurted by many Brits upon learning of the news. Yes, TNT can confirm that Marijuana is now legal for Alaskan adults.
The new law comes into effect on 3 March 2015, and means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of what many call ‘weed’ if they can find it. However the herb is still illegal to sell. 53 per cent of voters approved the measure to legalise the leaf, making Alaska the third state in US that allows adults to use it on private property.
Adopted in November last year, Alaska’s ballot measure joins the likes of Colorado and Washington states that legalised recreational marijuana back in 2012 and opened retail shops last year.
Communications director for drug policy reform group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Mason Tvert said, “Most adults use marijuana for the same reasons most adults use alcohol. We want them to keep in mind that it carries the same responsibilities”. As much as it’s good news for recreational users, MPP still wants consumers to be sensible. To aid this, they are launching a public education campaign with ads that say, “With great marijuana laws comes great responsibility”.
Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S, according to a recent report from industry analyst ArcView Group. According to US reports, at least ten more states are considering legalising marijuana by 2016. By 2020, there could be as many as 18 states where recreational marijuana is permitted.