US Marijuana Party

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Court hears pot-vs.-privacy pitches

Anchorage Daily News, AK
The Associated Press

JUNEAU -- Attorneys for a civil liberties group argued Wednesday that a new state law recriminalizing marijuana usurps 30 years of Alaska Supreme Court right-to-privacy decisions and should be struck down.

Chief assistant attorney general Dean Guaneli countered that the law includes findings by the Legislature on the dangers of marijuana that were not considered when the court legalized possession of small amounts of the drug for personal use in the home.

Guaneli and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska presented their arguments to Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins, whose courtroom is the first stop in the constitutional challenge to the new law tightening Alaska's liberal marijuana policy.


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