Source: By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:19 AM February 24, 2015


Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in the state of Alaska.

A ballot measure approved in the November election took effect Tuesday and allows adults 21 and older to possess and share up to 1 ounce of pot and six plants — three of which can be flowering. However, it is illegal to share that marijuana with people who are younger than 21.

Lighting up in public is off-limits. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held an emergency meeting early Tuesday morning to clearly define the term “public,” which they say is “a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access,” according to the regulation.

The definition includes highways, transportation facilities, schools, businesses, parks, prisons and “hallways, lobbies, and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence,” the regulation says.

In Anchorage, you can be fined $100 for smoking in public. Drivers can also be charged for operating a vehicle while high.

Regulations to buy and sell marijuana are still in the works. Monday, Gov. Bill Walker introduced a bill that would create a marijuana board that shares staff and resources with the ABC Board.

Last week, Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew discussed some of the do’s and don’ts surrounding recreational marijuana use. Watch the video below to learn more.

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