JUNEAU, Alaska – Americans with blood-shot eyes are turning their gazes north to Alaska. But it’s not a gold-nugget rush they’re looking for. It’s more like the green-bud kind.
That’s because the 49th state in the Union is the third state in the nation where you, or someone you know, can smoke pot legally.
Anyone 21 years old or older can possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and can grow up to six pot plants at a time. But, only three can be flowering, as long as they don’t produce more than four ounces at a time. Got it?
Oh, yeah, you can’t buy buds, or sell them, and you can’t smoke or toke in public. Alaskan officials, though, are still trying to figure out how to define public.
Weed was “sort of” legal in Alaska for about thirty years, until the legislature made it “totally” illegal in 2006. But that all went up in smoke when Alaskans last year overwhelmingly voted for legalization.
The state hopes to issue business licenses next year, which will allow for the sale and taxation of weed. Getting taxed while getting waxed. To some, a small price to pay.