Following the success in both Colorado and Washington, Alaska has decided it was time to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The use of medical marijuana has been legal for over 15 years. Many feel now is the right time to try to regulate and tax a drug that is already within the state’s borders. The main argument is that the drug is already present in unknown quantities. By making it legal, the state will have the ability to control the movement of the drug.

The laws regulating the purchase and use of marijuana will be similar to those of alcohol within the state. Fashioned after the successful amendment in Colorado, Alaska will follow the suit and allow the adults of the age 21 and over to purchase up to a certain amount of the drug each day. The proposed limit is one ounce per adult and up to six plants. This law would include the use of marijuana in food and oils.

While legalization could be seen as a way to help alleviate stress on the legal system, it would have significant impacts on the economy. As the tide of public opinion turns toward the legalization of pot the potential benefits become clearer. The initiative, largely funded by Marijuana Policy Project, has gained traction in Alaska largely because of the advantages, both legally and financially.

Alaska is one of five states where the legalization of marijuana is likely to be an initiative during the next election year. The other states where pot legislation appears to have a good chance of success are Oregon, California, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leading Orange County medical marijuana evaluation clinic. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

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