Enough Signatures Collected to Put Legalization to a Vote in November
FALMOUTH, ME — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit its petition to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine.
The campaign collected more than 100,000 total signatures and needs at least 61,123 valid signatures of registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.
“Over the past six months, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters from all over the state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”
If enough signatures are collected to place the measure on the ballot and it is approved by voters in November, the proposal will legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults. Home cultivation of six mature or 12 immature plants would be allowed, and the retail marijuana industry would be overseen by the state’s Department of Agriculture.
Retail sales would be subject to a 10% flat sales tax. Medical marijuana sales will not be subjected to the sales tax.
The proposal would also allow for marijuana social clubs.