By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, AK -- Possession of small amounts of marijuana at home for personal use will soon be challenged by the state, based on a body of information being compiled by the Legislature.
A proposal by Gov. Frank Murkowski seeks to increase the penalties for marijuana use and possession. It also opens a forum for lawmakers to hear "expert testimony on the effects of marijuana and to make findings that the courts can rely on in cases where marijuana is an issue," according to the governor.
The Alaska Supreme Court made possession of up to four ounces of marijuana for use at home by adults legal in 1975 in the landmark Ravin vs. state of Alaska decision. The ruling said the state must show a substantial relationship between private use of marijuana and the public welfare.