JUNEAU, Alaska — The organizers of a proposed initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska are expressing a sense of urgency in their signature-gathering effort.
A recent email appeal was headlined "Save the initiative — volunteer NOW!"
One of the proposal's sponsors, Tim Hinterberger, says the message was more an effort to "light a fire under our volunteers" than a statement of any worry about the fate of the proposal.
He says the goal remains to submit 45,000 signatures by Dec. 1, well over the required number, though he says that could slip a week or so.
Officially, the campaign has until June to gather the necessary signatures. But to qualify for next year's ballot, signatures need to be in by the start of the legislative session, Jan. 21.