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Alaska marijuana: Group looks to have a third state legalize weed

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Alaska is getting closer to becoming the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and a citizens' group is strongly pushing for this to happen. CSMonitor reported on Jan. 9, 2014, that they got closer to their goal on Wednesday by turning in more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office that favored Alaska legalizing marijuana.

Colorado and Washington have already legalized marijuana.

SEE: Marijuana overdose hoax - Weed did not kill 37 people on first legal day in Colorado

The Campaign to Regular marijuana knew they only needed about 30,000 verified signatures to qualify for the August slate ballot, but they just wanted to be sure.

"The proposed initiative will take marijuana sales out of the underground market and put them in legitimate, taxpaying businesses," said Tim Hinterberger, one of the initiative's sponsors. "Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and sensible regulation will bolster Alaska's economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state."

Their proposal is very similar to the one that passed in Colorado and went into place on Jan. 1, 2014. It states that the growing, buying, and consumption of marijuana in Alaska will be legal for adults ages 21 or older.

Alaska currently allows those with a medicinal marijuana prescription to legally grow up to six plants or have up to one ounce. The proposal is said to not just open up marijuana for recreational use in Alaska, but also provide more medicinal options.

As expected, there are a number of people that oppose the proposal as well. Their main arguments are that it could bring about serious health consequences and be used as a gateway for more harmful drugs.

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