Advocates launch drive to make marijuana legal in Portland

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Advocates launch drive to make marijuana legal in Portland

Passage of a city ordinance would be the first step toward statewide legalization.

By Randy Billings rbillings@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Buoyed by the federal government’s relaxed stance toward states that legalize marijuana, advocates Thursday officially kicked off a campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults in Portland.

In this in December 2012 file photo, Rachel Schaefer of Denver smokes marijuana on the opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club, now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington state. Buoyed by the federal government’s relaxed stance toward states that legalize marijuana, advocates Thursday officially kicked off a campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Supporters of this fall’s referendum, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project, said passage of Portland’s ordinance would be the first step in a statewide legalization effort.

“This initiative is a top ACLU priority for this year,” said executive director Shenna Bellows. “We are dedicated to legalizing marijuana statewide because we think the outcome would be reducing Maine’s prison and jail population.”

Voters will be asked at the polls Nov. 5 to adopt a city ordinance that would allow anyone over the age of 21 to possess

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/Advocates-launch-campaign-to-legalize-pot-in-Portland.html

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