Will Alaska legalize marijuana? There are several major marijuana legalization votes coming up on election day. Both Alaska and Oregon have full legalization on the ballot. Florida will vote on legalizing medical marijuana and Washington DC will also vote to legalize weed but without legalizing sales. Also of interest Guam, a US Territory, will vote on medical marijuana.
Election day is not really that far off, but there are still no real solid polls that show which way Alaska will vote. Alaska they say is a hard state to poll and current polls seem to bear this out. You can see Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2 here on Ballotopedia.
Alaska is a Red State and while its people may have a live and let live and do your own thing attitude they basically are conservative. They are also fiercely independent and there is some resentment that outside political groups and agendas are being forced on them.
Two polls were released earlier this year showed legalization leading but by different margins:
One poll commissioned by the Alaska House Majority Caucus found 52 percent of Alaskan voters support legalization, while 44 percent oppose it and 4 percent are undecided. Another poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) found a closer battle: 48 percent support legalization, 45 percent do not, and 7 percent are undecided. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5929817/medical-marijuana-legalization-2014
But another poll released in August showed marijuana legalization was trailing. In that poll 44 percent were in favor of Ballot Measure 2, but 49 percent were opposed and 8 percent were unsure.
Now we have two new polls with opposite results. The polls were paid for by the opposing campaigns. One poll, paid for by Big Marijuana. Big Mistake Vote No on 2 and conducted by Dittman Research, found that 53 percent of voters were opposed the measure and 43 percent supported it.
The other poll was paid for by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and found found 57 percent support marijuana legalization and 39 percent are opposed. The results are almost opposite one another. The pollsters both claim that that the others polls were biased either in the wording of the poll or by how it was conducted.
So we really have no clear indication of how Alaska stands on marijuana legalization at this time. It would be nice if a neutral party conducted a poll but that may not happen because election day is only a few weeks away. I think this one is really to close to call considering the variability of the polls.