Weed now legal in Alaska, as long as you don't pay for it

'Legally awkward spot' means you can give people pot as long as no money changes hands

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The Independent US

Following a vote to legalise it last November, marijuana is now legal to consume at home in Alaska, though a weird legal issue means you technically need to find it for free.

The new law states that people over 21 can use small amounts of the drug, though it is still illegal to buy on the black market.

"You can still give people marijuana, but you can't buy it — or even barter for it," Alaska Public Media's Alexandra Gutierrez said.

"So, it's a pretty legally awkward spot. That probably won't stop people from acquiring it, though."

Dope from up to six plants can be kept on private property with impunity however.

"There are no stores yet, but black market sales are still illegal," Gutierrez continued.

"The state is now crafting regulations for marijuana retailers, and the stores will be licensed and operational by next year."

Remember this lady?

Charlo Greene sensationally declared "f*ck it, I quit" during a live broadcast in September, instead focusing on campaigning for marijuana reform - today it seems her risky move paid off.

Alaska's move follows similar rulings in Colorado and Washington last year.

In a recent study, marijuana – which is still a Class B drug in the UK - was found to be 114 times less deadly than alcohol.