In about a month, we'll see if the progress on marijuana prohibition made by Colorado and Washington has legs elsewhere, when voters in Oregon and Alaska go to the polls to decide ballot questions similar to the one passed here, Amendment 64.
The Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative, known as Measure 91, would allow those 21 and over to possess up to eight ounces and four plants. (It's two and six in Colorado.) A similar law attempted in 2012 failed 53 to 47 percent, though it allowed for unlimited possession.
So far, it's going OK, with marijuana supporters out-raising detractors by $1.5 million and a June poll showing 51 percent in favor of Measure 91 and 41 percent against. Plus, the glorious, public-television travel god Rick Steves, who kicked in $350,000 for the effort, will tour nine Oregon cities in the next month in support.
Ballot Measure 2, very directly titled Alaska Marijuana Legalization, would also allow those 21 and up to possess pot, this time one ounce and six plants. It would also legalize possessing, making and selling related paraphernalia.
This is the effort that recently drew national attention, when KTVA-TV reporter Charlo Greene left her job on-air — "Not that I have a choice, but, fuck it: I quit" — after revealing she also owned the Alaska Cannabis Club. Measure 2 seems to be struggling, somewhat, with a poll conducted between July 31 and Aug. 3 showing that 49 percent of those polled opposed legalization, with 44 percent in support.
No matter what happens, both states — along with Washington, D.C., which will vote on Initiative 71 — will clearly reveal the state of the recreational movement. Meanwhile, medical marijuana, which has already spread to 23 states, will appear on the ballot in Florida and, awesomely, Guam.
We're here in the forefront, though, so enjoy this issue's coverage of Pikes Peak pot, with listings, stories and resources.