Portland could set precedent with marijuana vote

November 5th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 6:58 PM
Updated: 7:26 PM

Portland could set precedent with marijuana vote

The polls close at 8 p.m. as residents vote on whether to allow possession of 2.5 ounces of pot.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Portland could become the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana.

Erin Segal, 3, watches as an election clerk helps Erin’s mother, Amy Segal, process her ballot at one of 500 new voting machines provided by the state to precincts with more than 1,000 voters. She was voting at the National Guard Armory on Stevens Avenue in Portland.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

DETAILS ABOUT THE MARIJUANA BALLOT QUESTION

THE CURRENT MAINE LAW

Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana is civil, not a criminal, offense. Offenders are issued a civil citation for possessing up to 1.25 ounces of marijuana, which carries fines of $350 to $600. Possession of 1.25 ounces to 2.5 ounces is a civil violation carrying fines of $700 to $1,000.

Criminal charges may be brought if that marijuana is packaged for sale or furnished to another person. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck put it this way: If you smoke a joint, it’s a civil violation; if you pass it to the person next to you, it’s a criminal violation for furnishing; and if that person pays for the joint, it’s a criminal charge for selling marijuana.

THE PROPOSED PORTLAND ORDINANCE

Proponents say Question 1 would enact a local ordinance that would

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