Alaska Court: Drug Ban Unconstitutional

Alaska Court: Drug Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by CN Staff on August 29, 2003 at 20:47:37 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
Juneau, Alaska -- A law banning Alaskans from possessing any amount of marijuana in their homes has been ruled unconstitutional by a state appeals court Friday. Friday's decision by the Alaska Court of Appeals reversed the 2001 drug conviction of a North Pole man and ordered a new trial. The ruling affirms a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision that found it legal to possess less than four ounces of marijuana in one's home. That ruling found that the state constitution's strong privacy law superseded legislative attempts to ban marijuana.
Alaska voters approved a law in 1990 that criminalized the possession of any amount of drug in any location. That law had gone unchallenged until David Noy appealed his conviction on a count of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. A search of Noy's home had turned up five live pot plants, growing equipment and other paraphernalia. Attorney General Gregg Renkes has said he will petition the state Supreme Court for a review. Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski called the court's ruling "regrettable." Source: Associated Press Published: August 29, 2003Copyright: 2003 Associated Press Related Articles:Pot Case Heads for an Appeal Argument Not a New One Dismisses Pot Conviction 
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Comment #4 posted by freedom fighter on August 30, 2003 at 14:14:04 PT
tat right so the game plan, move to Alaska and run for the office... Population-wise, Alaska is pretty small. I do hope Alaskans got something goin on for the 2004 election.pazff
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Comment #3 posted by null on August 30, 2003 at 08:18:51 PT
one day
This is good news! :)I look forward to the day when the US Supreme Court does the same. (I can dream can't I?)Maybe all us U.S. citizens don't have to move to Canada now, just Alaska. Why couldn't it be somewhere a little warmer though... ;)
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Comment #2 posted by WolfgangWylde on August 30, 2003 at 07:22:26 PT
Look for a huge...
...Federally funded push to amend the Alaska State Constitution.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 29, 2003 at 20:49:38 PT
This is Good News
It's a small article but it sure says a lot! 
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