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Spending minimal so far for marijuana initiative

By Associated Press 10:35 AM March 10, 2014

Approval of the initiative would allow marijuana to be sold at state-licensed stores.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Alaskans will vote in August on whether to liberalize state marijuana laws but spending to persuade voters has been minimal by advocates and nonexistent by opponents.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1fk1nCF) reports the issue has been dwarfed by spending on the referendum on Alaska’s oil tax structure.

Marijuana initiative proponents report spending just $132,000. Most was spent by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project on a signature drive and the hiring of a Seattle-based public relations firm, Strategies 360.

Strategies 360 spokesman Taylor Bickford says the campaign will focus on getting out the vote because primaries historically have low voter turnout.

Approval of the initiative would allow marijuana to be sold at state-licensed stores. Smoking in public and possession by people under 21 would remain illegal.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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