The new law allows adults who are older than 21 consume weed and even grow as many as six plants in their backyard.
According to Cynthia Franklin, director of Alaska’s liquor control board, consuming marijuana in public spaces is still illegal. If anyone is planning to celebrate the legalization of the recreational drug, they are risking a $100 fine.
The state of Alaska is trying to keep everyone informed on the new law and Marijuana Policy Project has made ads and put it on public buses with messages that say “With great marijuana laws comes great responsibility” and “Consume responsibly.”
Although marijuana consumption has been quasi-legal in the state of Alaska since 1975, the possession of weed was declared illegal in 2006.
The new law makes it clear for everyone that marijuana can now be consumed at home legally.
The officials at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board are responsible for setting up Alaska’s legal market.
On February 22, the governor of Alaska, Bill Walker, introduced a new bill that would set up an entirely new Marijuana Control Board. This will be in charge of enforcing the law, instead of leaving it to the board that looks after liquor licenses.
Franklin said that she is expecting the lawmakers to pass new marijuana-related bills that will legally define the term edibles, which refer to food products that contain the drug.
The Alaska officials have been on a visit to Colorado and observe how the social experiment is working. They are also planning to pay a visit to Washington in the near future.
Franklin said she is grateful that state she’s representing is the fourth to make marijuana legal, and that Alaska had the opportunity to learn from other trailblazers’ challenges and successes.
She adds that edibles in Alaska will been to have labels that recommend serving sizes, and will need to go before a boars before approving them for mass consumption.
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