The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Alaska calls for a joint session.

Alaska has a referendum on the ballot that would make them an instant tourist hotspot:

Voters in Alaska will decide on Tuesday whether to make their state the first in the country to legalize the sale, possession or use of marijuana by adults.

Alaska already allows legal possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults, the most liberal policy among the 50 U.S. states, thanks to a 1975 state Supreme Court ruling.

"Our territory and now state has traditionally been the home of people who prize their individuality and who have chosen to settle or to continue living here in order to achieve a measure of control over their own lifestyles which is now virtually unattainable in many of our sister states," the oft-quoted ruling said.

I like this for two reasons:

1. Our drug laws are stupid.

2. I can't remember the last time that I personally saw or participated in a referendum to get rid of an existing law. Most of the time these ballot initiatives enact new laws. California is practically governed by referenda these days. I hope that this becomes a more common thing as we have a plethora of stupid laws already in existence. I'm not always for enacting laws by popular vote because in that scenario the minority lacks protection. However, I think repealing laws through direct democracy is a great idea. I hope it catches on.


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