Lt Gov Certifies Pot Application

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Friday certified a ballot initiative application to legalize marijuana in Alaska

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Friday certified a ballot initiative application to legalize marijuana in Alaska.
   
Supporters now have a year to collect 30,169 signatures from qualified voters to get the question on the ballot.
   
Organizers hope to have enough signatures by January to have it on next year's primary ballot.
   
The proposal would make it legal for those 21 and older to use and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, though not in public. It also would set out provisions for legal grow operations and establish an excise tax.
   
It will take about a week for the petition booklets to be printed. Once they are delivered, the signature gathering process can begin.