Big things are happening in Alaska. It’s where the happiest people in America live and it’s also the third state to legalize recreational marijuana. Strange coincidence, no?
To address the frenzy of questions floating about the Last Frontier, Alaska Dispatch News answered 13 pressing questions to clarify some rules and regulations for everyone from the businessman to the at-home grower. We picked the top 10 for your clarity or amusement. Consider it research. Who knows if your home state will be the fourth to legalize.
For the full article, go to Alaska Dispatch News:
1. What’s legal on Feb. 24?
For anyone aged 21 and older: It’s legal to possess, transport and display up to 1 ounce of marijuana and accompanying accessories, such as a pipe. It's also legal to possess, grow, process and transport up to six marijuana plants, three of which may be flowering.
Adults can give each other up to an ounce of weed, or up to six immature plants. A person can have any amount in their home that is harvested from their six personal plants.
2. What is still illegal on Feb. 24?
Pretty much everything else. Until existing criminal statutes are changed -- which the Alaska Legislature is working on -- any conduct not specifically made legal in the initiative remains illegal, for now. That means if you are, for instance, found carrying around a pound of weed, you could be charged criminally.
You can’t drive while stoned. You can’t sell pot. You can’t consume marijuana in public.
Drive high and you could get a DUI. Sell marijuana and you could get arrested. Smoke in public -- or flaunt an edible, vape pen, etc. to the point where you grab the attention of police -- and you could get ticketed for a fine up to $100.
3. Can I sell pot?
You can give away up to 1 ounce of marijuana and six immature plants to someone 21-years or older -- but only “without remuneration,” meaning you can’t get paid.
4. Can I carry pot in my car? In my purse? In my hair? In a box? With a fox? (Yes, this is an actual question)
Yes. You can transport, possess and display up to 1 ounce of pot (as long as you are 21 or older, and the fox is cool with it).
5. I’m under 21. Can I use marijuana legally?
Laws for people under 21 don’t change. Even if you are an adult 18-20 years old, you could be charged criminally if you are found in possession of marijuana.
The status quo remains in place until criminal statutes are changed. The Legislature is working on amending statutes to line up with the new law.