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Alaska Legalizes Weed; Wasilla Bans Pot Brownies

The first red state in the nation to march into a greener era.
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On Tuesday, Alaska became the third U.S. state to allow recreational use of marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington. In July, Oregon will become the fourth. The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for relaxed thinking, but Alaska, north to the future—as its state motto runs—and more Pacific, too, has less of a chilled-out, hippie reputation. It is, now that the ballot measure adopted last November has taken effect, the first red state in America to legalize marijuana.

Citizens 21 and older can possess, grow, transport, display, process—though not sell, buy, or publicly smoke—marijuana. Or at least, according to the “Highly Informed” column of Anchorage’s Alaska Dispatch News (send your question to, you can “possess, grow, process and transport up to six marijuana plants, three of which may be flowering.”