This November, Alaskan voters will be voting on whether they want to legalize marijuana, regulating it like alcohol. The proposal would also allow doctors to prescribe medical pot, and give amnesty to those convicted of past pot crimes.
In January, initiative sponsors handed in over 40,000 signatures, far more than the 22,000 needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
In the 1970?s, Alaska decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In 1990 they recriminalized it, with a 55% to 45% margin, after heavy federal lobbying.
In Michigan, activists are collecting signatures for a state initiative called the ?Personal Responsibility Act,? which would legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana for anyone over 21 living in Michigan.
Proposed by attorney Carl Schmid, individuals would be allowed to legally grow 3 mature plants, and to possess 3 ounces of marijuana.
Over 300,000 signatures are needed to put the initiative on the November 2000 ballot. Schmid has recruited over 1000 volunteers and launched the ballot campaign on January 14.