INITIATIVE PETITION BILL LANGUAGE
by Petition Sponsors
Petition ID: 03DCRM
AN INITIATIVE REQUIRING THE STATE OF ALASKA TO VOTE ON AN ACT TO DECRIMINALIZE
AND REGULATE CANNABIS (HEMP INCLUDING MARIJUANA)
AN INITIATIVE REQUIRING THE STATE OF ALASKA TO VOTE ON AN ACT
TO DECRIMINALIZE AND REGULATE CANNABIS (HEMP INCLUDING MARIJUANA)
Be it enacted by the people of the State of Alaska:
I. Add the following section to the criminal code of the State of Alaska,
any laws or policies to the contrary notwithstanding:
(1) Persons, 21 years or older, shall not be prosecuted, be denied any right
or privilege, nor be subject to criminal or civil penalties for the possession,
cultivation, distribution, or consumption of:
(a) Industrial hemp products. Hemp farmers and manufacturers of industrial
hemp products shall not be subject to any special zoning or licensing fees
that are discriminatory or prohibitive.
(b) Hemp medicinal preparations.
(c) Hemp products for nutritional use.
(d) Hemp products for personal use in private. The State or any political
subdivisions thereof may not require a permit or license for non-commercial
cultivation, transportation, distribution or consumption of any hemp product.
(a) The term "hemp" means hemp, cannabis, or marijuana, or any
part or preparation of the plant Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis
americana, or any species or variety of plant of the genus Cannabis
(b) The term "industrial hemp products" means all products made
from hemp, cannabis, or marijuana, that are not designed or intended for
human consumption, and includes, but is not limited to: paper, fiber, fuel,
plastics, paint, seed for cultivation, animal feed, veterinary medicine,
oil, plants used for crop rotation, erosion control, or weed control.
(c) The term "hemp medicinal preparations: means all products made
from hemp, cannabis, or marijuana, that are designed, intended, or used
for human consumption, for the treatment of any disease, the relief of pain,
or for any healing purpose including the treatment or relief of asthma,
glaucoma, arthritis, anorexia, migraine, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, nausea,
stress, for use as an antiemetic, or as any healing agent, or as an adjunct
to any medical procedure or herbal treatment.
(d) The term "hemp products for nutritional use" means the use
of any hemp product intended for human consumption as food, for example,
but not limited to: seen protein, seed oil, seed cake, or gruel, or any
(e) The term "personal use" means the use of any product, preparation
or potency of hemp, cannabis, or marijuana, intended for any relaxational,
ritual, spiritual, or other personal purpose.
(f) The term "hemp intoxicating products" means any hemp product
other than industrial hemp products, hemp medicinal preparations, or hemp
products for nutritional use.
(3) Hemp medicinal preparations are hereby restored to the available list of
medicines in Alaska. Licensed physicians shall not be penalized for or restricted
from prescribing or recommending hemp preparations for medical purposes to patients
of any age.
(4) Nothing in this bill prevents the regulation of hemp intoxicating products
in a manner similar to alcohol or tobacco.
(5) The manufacturing, marketing, distribution or sales between adults of equipment
or accessories designed or marketed for use in the planting, cultivation, harvesting,
curing, processing, packaging, storing, analyzing, consumption, or transportation
of hemp, industrial hemp products, hemp medicinal preparations, hemp products
for nutritional use, or hemp products for personal use shall not be prohibited.
II. Nothing in this Act will bar the State or any political subdivisions
thereof from enacting legislation, using reasonable standards to determine
impairment, to regulate or prohibit persons under the influence of hemp from
operating a motor vehicle, heavy machinery or otherwise engaging in conduct
which may affect public safety.
III. Nothing in this Act will bar the State or any political subdivisions
thereof from limiting the use of intoxicating hemp products in public places.
IV. No part of this initiative shall be so construed as to nullify
any prevailing laws concerning possession, use or manufacture of hemp intoxicating
products used by minors, nor any prevailing laws concerning a sale, barter
or gift of hemp intoxicating products by or to minors.
V. Severability: If any provision of this initiative, or the application
of such provision to any person or circumstance, shall be held invalid by
any court, the remainder of this initiative to the extent that it can be given
effect, or the application of such provision to persons or circumstances other
than those as to which it is held invalid, shall not be affected thereby,
and to this end the provisions of this initiative are severable.
VI. If any rival or conflicting initiative regulating any matter addressed
by this initiative receives the higher affirmative vote, then all non-conflicting
parts of this initiative shall become operative.
VII. Purpose of Initiative: Construction. This initiative is an exercise
of the powers of the Alaskan citizenry for the promotion and protection of the
safety, welfare, health and privacy of the people, and the environment of the
State, to all ow for the industrial and medicinal type uses of hemp, to eliminate
the evils associated with an illicit market for cannabis, and to promote temperance
in the consumption of cannabis. It is hereby declared that the subject matter
of this initiative involves in the highest degree, the economic, social, environmental
and moral well-being and the safety of the citizens of Alaska and the State. All
provisions of this initiative shall be generously interpreted for the accomplishment
of these purposes.
VIII. Effective Date. This initiative shall be effective when enacted
according to law.
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