Alaska legalizes marijuana

(KTUU) Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board adopted an emergency regulation early Tuesday morning defining what a “public place” is in relation to marijuana consumption.

Recreational marijuana became legal in Alaska at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday under a ballot initiative approved by voters in November. The measure gave the ABC Board authority to define a “public place,” in which marijuana use is barred.

The initiative, as written, did not include a definition of a public place, said ABC Board director Cynthia Franklin.

In a board meeting over the telephone that was scheduled for 7 a.m. Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to define “public place” as the same definition that exists in criminal law. That includes highways, schools, businesses, parks, playgrounds and other areas not designed for residence, Franklin said.

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