ALASKA: Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday.
The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot, the Alaska Division of Elections said.
The lieutenant governor’s office said it had verified the signatures from registered voters as of Monday evening. The total of 31,500 was a thousand more than needed, with about 6,000 signatures remaining to be checked.
The office has not yet certified the question for the ballot, but it’s expected to do so in the coming weeks.
“It’s good news,” said Bill Parker, an Anchorage man who was one of and initial sponsor of the initiative.