The Alaska Senate today passed a bill to toughen penalties for marijuana possession and to make it more difficult to purchase the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The bill, which the Senate Finance Committee created from two separate bills, passed 17-to-1. It would make possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana a felony. Possession of less than 4 ounces, now allowed in the home thanks to a 1975 court ruling, would become a misdemeanor.
Current law makes it a misdemeanor to possess up to a half-pound of marijuana. The bill also would put Sudafed and other legal drugs used to make methamphetamine behind drug store counters.