• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
58s

Marijuana, minimum wage initiatives certified

By Hope Miller 4:42 PM February 26, 2014

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified two initiatives: One to regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana and another to raise the state minimum wage

ANCHORAGE – Two citizen initiatives will likely appear on an Aug. 19 primary election ballot.

Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified the two initiatives: One to regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana and another to raise the state minimum wage.

The Division of Elections determined the initiatives received enough signatures to appear on the ballot and meet constitutional and statutory requirements, according to a statement from Treadwell’s office.

For citizen initiatives to appear on the ballot, Treadwell must have two public hearings in the four judicial districts a minimum of 30 days before the election, the statement said.

The marijuana initiative calls for the taxation and regulation of the production, use and sale of marijuana. It would allow the Legislature to create a Marijuana Control Board in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and would institute an excise tax on marijuana sales.

The minimum wage initiative would increase Alaska’s minimum wage to $8.75 an hour starting in 2015, to $9.75 an hour in 2016 and would be adjusted for inflation after that.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Senator Sullivan opens new office in Fairbanks

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 27, 15:29

    Sen. Dan Sullivan announced the opening of a new office in Fairbanks Friday to act as a hub for Interior constituents to voice their concerns or comments. Leslie Hajdukovich was named as Sullivan’s Special Assistant for the Interior, and will be leading the new office. “I am excited to announce Leslie as the newest addition […]

  • News

    Anchorage police take mini horses into custody

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 27, 14:44

    Anchorage police officers wrangled two miniature horses Friday morning after they escaped their home. Around 5:40 a.m., police dispatch received a call that two ponies were grazing in a median near Northern Lights Boulevard and Boniface Parkway, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. Within a minute of the first report, someone else called in […]

  • News

    The legal brawl over “Happy Birthday To You”

    by Jonathan Berr / MoneyWatch on Mar 27, 14:28

    A federal judge in California may decide within the next few weeks whether to throw out the decades-old copyright for “Happy Birthday to You.” The judge could also order millions of dollars to be refunded to people who have licensed the song in recent years from its current owner Warner/Chappel Music, the music publishing arm […]

  • News

    Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 14:13

    Italy’s highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case. The decision by the supreme Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the long legal battle waged by Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Both Knox, who was awaiting the […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage woman changes plea in sex trafficking case

    by Dave Leval on Mar 27, 13:53

    Amber Batts — a woman accused of managing sex workers across the state — will likely spend the next few years in prison. The Anchorage woman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree sex trafficking Friday morning. Authorities arrested Batts and her husband, Quinn, in July 2014 as part of a statewide prostitution investigation. […]

  • News

    Alaska appeals court sides with state in fishing case

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 13:05

    The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled against 13 Yup’ik Eskimo fishermen who challenged their convictions of illegal king salmon on the Kuskokwim River during a poor run in 2012. The Appellate Court sided with the state Friday, saying protecting king salmon stocks supersedes the argument by plaintiffs that the state had a duty to accommodate […]

  • News

    Pedestrian killed in midtown hit-and-run

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 27, 11:28

    Anchorage police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision in midtown. Just after 10:30 a.m. Friday, a green Ford Explorer reportedly struck a female pedestrian and left the scene, near A Street and East Northern Lights Boulevard, according to a statement from the Anchorage Police Department. Multiple witnesses at the scene told police that the young […]

  • DayBreak

    6th Annual TEDx Anchorage: Industry, Story and Power

    by Daybreak Staff on Mar 27, 11:04

    A series of Alaskan presenters are aiming to spark conversations and create connections at the sixth annual TEDx Anchorage. “The point of a Ted Talk is to explain a big idea, something new, a new way of thinking that people haven’t thought of before,” said Clare Ross, who is on the board of directors for […]