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It’s Thursday, February 26th, 2015, this is Steven Sanchez, your host, and welcome to the Marijuana Minute.
In a huge boost for Marijuana legalization both the state of Alaska and the District of Columbia legalized marijuana this week. On Tuesday the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot, which was passed by Alaskan voters in November, went into effect making Alaska the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The measure legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana on the person and up to 4 ounces harvested in the home. Of course driving while high and consuming the drug in public remain illegal. Also, due to unfinished regulations regarding the sale of marijuana, selling to the public remains prohibited in Alaska for the moment.
And in the District of Columbia yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that ballot Initiative 71, which was overwhelmingly passed by voters last election, will be enacted as of Midnight on Thursday. Initiative 71 legalizes possession of up to two ounces for adults as well as up to six plants, 3 flowering and 3 vegetating, in the home. The measure does not yet allow for the commercial sale of marijuana but does allow for the transfer, or gifting of up to one ounce to another adult. Initiative 71 also legalized the possession of paraphernalia such as bongs and pipes. Over twenty percent of the District which is federal property will still be off limits for marijuana as well as driving under the influence or consuming marijuana in public. Conservative members of Congress have vowed to pursue the arrest of Mayor Bowser for violating federal law if she moves forward but time will tell if they have the power to do so, or if they are just blowing smoke