Advocates on both sides of the debate for the marijuana initiative now have three extra months of campaigning to sway voters.

As we first reported on Monday, the vote on Ballot Measure 2 was among three citizen initiatives that were bumped from the August primary to the November general election. Statutory and constitutional provisions mandate that at least 120 days must pass after the regular legislative session adjourns before the day of the election.

The date change is expected to draw more voters to the polls, including younger and more liberal voters.

While the campaigns for and against the measure don’t agree on a lot, they do come together on one thing — a later vote means more time to educate Alaskans about marijuana.

“We think it will make a big difference. Every day our group is getting larger, every day more Alaskans are understanding the problems associated with this initiative, and every day we’re learning more about the tragic things that are occurring in Colorado,” said Deborah Williams, deputy treasurer of the grassroots campaign “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No On 2.”

“We were confident in our ability leading up to the election in August, so being on the November ballot doesn’t really change anything for us. We’re going to continue running the campaign the same way,” said Taylor Bickford with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Alaska.

Both campaigns are actively fundraising to spread their message.

The general election is Nov. 4.


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