Thursday, April 20, 2006

Alaska's nanny government seeks to turn back the clock

Since 1975, it's been legal for an Alaska resident to possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use. The current legislators, who were obviously swept in on the coattails of the conservative takeover of our governments, sneakily slipped in amendments to an anti-meth bill, seeking to recriminalize the herb despite 56% of the population indicating they do not support the amendments. The good news:
If the bill becomes law, it will likely compel the Court to revisit its 1975 ruling. If that happens, NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup predicts that the Court will strike down the new law.

"The right to privacy, enshrined in the Alaska state constitution, is more important to the Court and to most Alaskans than the Governor's ill-advised war on marijuana smokers," Stroup says.
One expects the Alaskan voters will also remember this subversion of the public will and sweep the nanny legislators right back out of office in the next cycle.


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