Alaska, which is known to be a conservative leaning state, has most recently joined Colorado and Washington in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Alaskans aged 21 or older may now grow, and carry marijuana, although smoking it in public and selling or buying the product remains illegal.
The Justice Department is looking into potentially positive aspects of Alaska’s legalization of marijuana. An article in Reuters discusses the potential drop in drug related crimes including selling to children . Local law enforcement emphasizes the importance of public safety and ticketing those driving under the influence of drugs said Genoso.
Legalizing marijuana is a major victory for recreational users, and if all goes well the State regulators will be drafting rules on the taxation and sales of marijuana. The result would be a new and legitimate source of jobs and income. The success of this new law may lead to business applications to sell marijuana in February 2016.