Exciting news in Alaska from the MPP: Four ounces of marijuana legal again in Alaska

Four ounces of marijuana legal again in Alaska!

Dear Friend:

In an historic decision on Friday, August 29, the Alaska Court of
Appeals ruled that the privacy clause of the Alaska Constitution
protects personal possession of marijuana. This ruling -- which
overturned the conviction of a North Pole man charged with marijuana
possession -- re-legalizes the possession and/or cultivation of up to
four ounces of marijuana in one's home anywhere in Alaska.

The Alaska state government has vowed to appeal the case to the Alaska
Supreme Court, which will presumably rule on the matter sometime next
year. Please visit http://www.mpp.org to read two news articles about
the decision.

In 1975, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in "Ravin v. State of Alaska"
that a fundamental constitutional right to privacy protects personal
marijuana possession. Because of "Ravin," an individual could legally
possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use after 1975.

In 1990, a voter initiative changed state law to make possession of
any amount of marijuana illegal, even in one's own home.

The appellate court decision on Friday deemed the 1990 voter
initiative unconstitutional, on the grounds that a popular voter
initiative cannot overturn a core constitutional principle. Please
visit http://www.mpp.org/pdf/AK_decision_082903.pdf to read the court
ruling.

When this case is decided by the Alaska Supreme Court, Alaska could
serve as a model for states to allow responsible adult use of
marijuana without the fear of arrest or imprisonment.

Sincerely,

Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

P.S. To join MPP or otherwise donate to our work, please visit
     http://www.mpp.org/donate or mail your contribution to MPP,
     P.O. Box 77492, Washington, DC 20013. Thank you for your support

"..overturned the conviction of a North Pole man charged with marijuana possession?" Cool! So it's safe to ask Santa to leave some brownies under the tree again! :wink: No, seriously, this is great news!

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Four ounces of marijuana legal again in Alaska!

Dear Friend:

In an historic decision on Friday, August 29, the Alaska Court of
Appeals ruled that the privacy clause of the Alaska Constitution
protects personal possession of marijuana. This ruling -- which
overturned the conviction of a North Pole man charged with marijuana
possession -- re-legalizes the possession and/or cultivation of up to
four ounces of marijuana in one's home anywhere in Alaska.

The Alaska state government has vowed to appeal the case to the Alaska
Supreme Court, which will presumably rule on the matter sometime next
year. Please visit http://www.mpp.org to read two news articles about
the decision.

In 1975, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in "Ravin v. State of Alaska"
that a fundamental constitutional right to privacy protects personal
marijuana possession. Because of "Ravin," an individual could legally
possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use after 1975.

In 1990, a voter initiative changed state law to make possession of
any amount of marijuana illegal, even in one's own home.

The appellate court decision on Friday deemed the 1990 voter
initiative unconstitutional, on the grounds that a popular voter
initiative cannot overturn a core constitutional principle. Please
visit http://www.mpp.org/pdf/AK_decision_082903.pdf to read the court
ruling.

When this case is decided by the Alaska Supreme Court, Alaska could
serve as a model for states to allow responsible adult use of
marijuana without the fear of arrest or imprisonment.

Sincerely,

Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

P.S. To join MPP or otherwise donate to our work, please visit
http://www.mpp.org/donate or mail your contribution to MPP,
P.O. Box 77492, Washington, DC 20013. Thank you for your support

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