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  •  Possessing 1 ounce of pot... (0+ / 0-)

    ..or less in your home is legal in Alaska.

    Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in the privacy of the home is legal.

    That's a pretty liberal ganja policy for a state that likes to vote for Republicans.

    •  Right, because of the courts (0+ / 0-)

      Alaska elected officials have been busily working to get that reversed, thus far with no success. So I think it's a mistake to conclude that this necessarily represents the will of the supposedly free-spirited Alaska voters. (Alaska Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the governor and subject to retention elections every 10 years, but such mechanisms are notoriously weak forms of popular accountability, and it is very difficult to unseat a sitting appellate judge except with a high-profile, well-organized campaign, such as the one that got Rose Bird ousted from the California Supreme Court in 1987.)

      And, as I said, it doesn't really matter much what Alaska says about this via any arm of its state policymaking apparatus in any event. The federal government has criminalized the possession of marijuana, meaning that even if you're in a state with (symbolically) liberal pot laws, you can still be arrested and punished by federal officials for possession, cultivation, or distribution of marijuana.

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