Voters in Alaska decided Tuesday to legalize the personal possession of marijuana on Tuesday.
Now law enforcement throughout the state is figuring out how it plans on dealing with the new law once its put into effect in early 2015.
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said once the election is certified, then the agency will begin working with the Alaska Department of Law to clarify what law enforcement and prosecution protocols will be regarding personal possession.
Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew said in an email that it is still early to speculate about how Alaska’s largest police force will deal with the issue. Mew said he plans on facilitating discussions in the coming days between various stakeholder groups, including prosecutors and courts, on how to deal with marijuana.
“Right now we are trying to analyze the initiative and try to determine what are the steps that need to be taken,” John Skidmore, criminal division director for the Alaska Department of Law, told the Alaska Dispatch News. “But I don’t have an answer as to what that outcome of that analysis is, only that we are starting to look at those things and to work on those questions.”