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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.

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