What makes Alaska special? There’s a certain symbolic significance to passing marijuana legalization in a Republican-controlled red state. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all went for President Barack Obama in 2012, with Oregon giving Mitt Romney only 42% of the vote.

The tables are turned, though, in Alaska, where Romney received 55% of the vote. When it comes to public perception, it’s one thing for hippie Pacific Northwest states to legalize weed. It’s a whole ‘nother story for the deep red state that gave us Sarah Palin to do the same thing.