Alaska’s Measure 2 Winning In Early Vote Count

Pot was one of three controversial statewide questions on the ballot Tuesday, along with an effort to raise the minimum wage and question related to mining in Bristol Bay. In Anchorage, voters were asked to decide whether to keep a city law that sapped unions of negotiating power in an effort to lower city spending.

Perhaps the most contentious initiative of the ballot measures is Ballot Measure 2, an initiative that would tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska. As of 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, are slightly favoring the measure by 55,680 votes to 49,664.

If passed, Alaska would join Colorado and Washington as the nation’s third state to legalize marijuana. Both sides have fiercely debated the measure, with backers saying it would enrich the state’s coffers with tax revenue and opponents claiming law enforcement would face massive hidden costs in dealing with marijuana-related crimes.

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