Portland tries to clear up marijuana confusion

November 17th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Portland tries to clear up marijuana confusion

The city posts its interpretation of Tuesday’s referendum on its website, while advocates call on police to respect the will of voters.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Portland city officials on Friday sought to clarify confusion about whether possession and use of marijuana is actually legal in Maine’s largest city, following this week’s election results.

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Read the city’s “frequently asked questions” about the new marijuana ordinance.

On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly supported legalized marijuana, but the city says that vote will have no practical affect, since state and federal prohibition laws supersede local ordinances. The city posted a “Frequently-Asked-Questions” page on its website to reiterate that interpretation, and answer other questions raised by the vote.

The Portland Green Independent Committee, meanwhile, issued a press release Friday calling on the city to respect the local ordinance, which was approved by 67 percent of voters. The Greens, which collected more than 2,500 signatures to put the measure to voters, said they will meet with city officials to discuss enforcement and education measures.

“The vote on Tuesday was a clear indication that Portland residents want our police force to stop punishing adult marijuana users,” said Tom MacMillan, chair of the Portland Green Independent Committee. “Portland officials must be accountable to the will of the people.”

The ordinance, which takes effect Dec. 6, would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana

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