Tardy lawmakers push Alaska legal pot vote to fall

AP News
Posted: Apr 21, 2014 7:51 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A ballot measure that could make Alaska the third state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana is getting pushed back to the November ballot because lawmakers couldn't end their session on time.

State election officials confirmed Monday that the marijuana initiative and two others can't be on the Aug. 19 primary ballot. State law requires at least 120 days between the legislative session and the election for initiatives.

The Alaska Legislature was supposed to end the 90 day session Sunday, but lawmakers couldn't agree on an education bill and the funding for it. When lawmakers reconvened Monday, that pushed the three initiatives to November.

A public referendum on Alaska's oil tax structure will still go ahead in August.