Judge rejects request to force York pot referendum

September 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

ALFRED — A superior court judge on Friday backed the town of York’s decision against holding a November referendum on marijuana legalization.

Justice Paul Fritzsche ruled that the legalization advocates were asking the town of York to approve something it cannot regulate because marijuana use is governed by state and federal law, not local ordinances.

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David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana Policy Project, and Sherry DaBiere of York, the plaintiffs in the case, listen during Friday's hearing in York County Superior Court on a complaint they filed against the town of York to get a marijauna legalization referendum on the ballot  in November. Justice Paul Fritzsche denied the request.

Attorney Dan Murphy represents the town of York during a hearing Friday in York County Superior Court on a complaint filed by a group pushing for a marijuana legalization referendum in York in November. York selectmen have twice voted against putting the question on the ballot, saying it is not a lawful ordinance. Justice Paul Fritzsche denied the injunction sought by the marijuana advocates to put the question on the ballot.

Justice Paul Fritzsche speaks during Friday's hearing in York County Superior Court on a complaint filed by a group pushing for a marijuana legalization referendum in York this November. Fritzsche denied the injunction sought by the marijuana advocates.

“It’s really not a lawful topic,” he said. “It’s not one that is the area of governance for the municipality.”

It was not immediately clear if

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