Alaska backs measure to legalize recreational marijuana, opponents say

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Posted: Nov 05, 2014 5:12 AM

JUNEAU (Reuters) - Alaska voters on Tuesday narrowly sanctioned the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, hours after Oregon approved a similar measure, opponents said.

The ballot measure, which would set up a network of regulated pot shops similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state, passed by a 52-48 percent margin, according to anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Preliminary returns showed the measure leading by about 52-48 percent, with nearly 97 percent of precincts reporting.

(Reporting by Steve Quinn in Juneau; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Ken Wills)