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Measure To Legalize Pot In Alaska Has Enough Signatures To Make Ballot: Backers

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January 08, 2014 AT 2:21 PM
Organizers of a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use in Alaska submitted 45,000 signatures on Wednesday in support of their cause, more than enough to qualify to put the matter to voters later this year. "Marijuana prohibition has been just as big a failure as alcohol prohibition," former Alaska Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Bill Parker, one of the primary sponsors of the initiative, said in a statement. "We are confident that voters will agree it is time for a more sensible approach that honors the ideals that unite us as Alaskans; protecting personal freedoms and a commitment to personal responsibility."