Initiative Petition To Re-Legalize Hemp In Alaska

Initiative Petition To Re-Legalize Hemp In Alaska
Posted by FoM on December 01, 1999 at 10:32:54 PT
Paid for by 99HEMP Committee
Source: 99HEMP
The initiative petition to re-legalize hemp (marijuana) in Alaska has hit the streets. Our goal is to gather over 35,000 signatures (includes safety margin) over the next year so that we can put the re-legalization of hemp on the ballot for the 2000 general election. 
For the entire text of the initiative, please scoll down past all the quotes. Those of you who have been around for a few years will recognize it as nearly identical to one that was attempted in 1993 but never made it to the ballot. The only thing that has changed is that the age limit is 18 now, 21 then. It reflects our viewpoint that if a fellow is old enough to join the army and kill people, he is certainly old enough to govern what he puts in his own body. Our initiative, if it is passed by the voters, will legalize hemp for medical, recreational and industrial use for adults over 18, would clear criminal conviction, restore rights, pardon those currently incarcerated and even set up a committee to see about returning property unconstitutionally stolen in asset forfeiture. If passed, Alaska would join Hawaii, North Dakota and Minnesota as states that recently re-legalized the commercial growing of hemp for industrial uses. More important, our police and our courts would have more resources to pursue real, violent crime. Can we do it? Can we pass the re-legalization of hemp? Who knows. Few could have predicted the events of the last few years; the fall of the Iron Curtain, the election of a former wrestler, Jesse Ventura to the governor's office as a third-party candidate, the legalization of growing hemp for fiber in Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota. Whether we can pass it or not, it is a struggle worth attempting. Jail is a terrible place. People we put in prison rarely come out better for the experience. Compassion alone argues that we do what we can to be sure that those who lose their liberty do so for a good reason. Smoking a weed that our own government again this year (the first time was in 1972 during Nixon's term) acknowledged is not a dangerous drug is not a good reason to deprive someone of their liberty. Click the link to learn more:
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Comment #1 posted by fred frontier on May 18, 2000 at 01:49:39 PT:
legalization in alaska
This is an OLD article. The current situation can be seen on http://www.freehempinak.orgWe have full legalization on the ballot this November.
legalizing in alaska
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