Alaska Becomes Third State With Legal Recreational Pot

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CBS News  – Alaska became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Feb. 24, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since it’s still illegal to smoke marijuana in public.

In the state’s largest city, Anchorage police said they’re ready to start handing out $100 fines to make sure taking a toke remains something to be done behind closed doors.

Placing Alaska in the same category as Colorado and Washington state with legal marijuana was the goal of a coalition that included libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the Alaska state constitution.

When Alaska residents voted 53-47 percent last November to legalize marijuana use by adults in private places, they left many of the details to lawmakers and regulators to sort out.

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