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Ogletree Deakins • December 24, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Alaska voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and over. With passage of the measure, Alaska joined Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and the District of Columbia as jurisdictions where recreational marijuana use is permitted. Effective February 24, 2015, adult Alaskans may possess up to one ounce of cannabis and may cultivate up to six marijuana plants for personal consumption. Commercial production and retail sales of cannabis will now be subject to licensing and taxation. Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (or a new entity, if the legislature chooses to create one) will have nine months to craft regulations and the state will begin accepting marijuana business licenses in February of 2016.