Pot Possession 'Recriminalized' in Alaska


On Friday Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill that ostensibly recriminalizes marijuana possession in the Land of the Midnight Sun. I say "ostensibly" because the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in 1975 that the state constitution's privacy clause protects the possession of marijuana for personal use in the home, and it rejected a 1990 ballot initiative that also purported to override that ruling. The ACLU is challenging the new law in court, where the state will argue that marijuana is so much more dangerous that it used to be, than we used to think, or both that the 1975 ruling should be reversed.