National group wants Maine to legalize marijuana

September 11th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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National group wants Maine to legalize marijuana

The vote may come in 2016 as advocates try to get New England states to allow recreational use.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON – Bolstered by political victories out West, a marijuana advocacy group is now looking at Maine and other New England states as fertile ground for its next major push to legalize a drug that’s gaining wider acceptance from the American public.

In this in Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, Rachel Schaefer of Denver smokes marijuana on the official opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club, where a New Year’s Eve party was held, in Denver. Bolstered by political victories out West, a marijuana advocacy group is now looking at Maine and other New England states as fertile ground for its next major push to legalize a drug that’s gaining wider acceptance from the American public.

AP

The Marijuana Policy Project plans to pursue ballot initiatives or legislative efforts in 10 states to legalize pot for recreational use by essentially regulating it like alcohol or tobacco. Four of those states are in New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

In some ways, the proponents of legalized marijuana appear to be following the political path of the gay-rights community. Four of the first six states to legally recognize same-sex marriage were in New England, and the region’s other two states have

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