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Pot Is Now Legal In Alaska

It's the third state in the U.S. to allow people to grow, sell, and smoke marijuana. There are a lot of catches, though.

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Alaska became the third state in the U.S. to legalize possessing, growing, and smoking recreational marijuana on Tuesday — though many local municipalities took immediate steps to restrict where people can light up.

The citizens' initiative passed Nov. 4, 2014, and goes into effect today.

"For anyone aged 21 and older: It's legal to possess, transport, and display up to 1 ounce of marijuana and accompanying accessories, such as a pipe," the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

People can't buy pot legally at this point. They have to grow it themselves or a friend has to gift it to them, with a legal maximum of 1 ounce. It's technically illegal to buy it from a friend, or barter for it. The state is scheduled to begin taxed sales in May 2016.

Anyone who chooses to grow can keep up to six plants at a time, and up to three of them can be flowering.

It's still illegal to toke in public places, punishable by a fine of up to $100.

The law didn't specifically define what a public place is, leaving it up to local governments, many of which also outlined further restrictions on what kind of marijuana is legal to possess.

In Wasilla, it's illegal to make pot brownies — or all other "edibles, concentrates or extracts," the Dispatch News reported. It may also be illegal to smoke in a private home if the neighbors complain.

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Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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