Alaska group takes next step to legalize marijuana

January 8, 2014 • Business

Boxes containing more than 46,000 signatures for an initiative to make recreational use of marijuana legal in Alaska sit outside a hallway at the state Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. If the state verifies there are enough valid signatures, the measure will appear on the Alaska primary ballot on Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A citizens’ group hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana took a step closer Wednesday, submitting more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office.

If enough signatures are verified — they need about 30,000 qualified signatures — the question of whether to make pot legal in the nation’s northernmost state will go before voters in the Aug. 19 primary. Signatures must come from at least 7 percent of voters in at least 30 House districts.

“It’s clear that Alaskans are eager to have an opportunity to express their displeasure with the current system and make a change,” said one of sponsors, Tim Login to read more

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