Portland will discuss legalizing pot

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Portland will discuss legalizing pot

The City Council’s public hearing comes in response to a petition for legalized recreational marijuana.

By Randy Billings rbillings@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – The City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing July 15 on whether the city should legalize recreational use of marijuana.

In this May 2011 file photo, Robert Rosso, a state-licensed medical marijuana grower, tends to his plants. The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing July 15 on whether the city should legalize recreational use of marijuana.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

The ordinance is proposed by a group of residents who collected more than 3,200 signatures to put the issue to voters. Only 1,500 valid signatures were needed to put the question on the ballot. Last week, the City Clerk’s Office certified 2,508 signatures.

The proposed ordinance would allow adults 21 and older to possess as much as 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

It would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

City attorney Danielle West-Chuhta said the council can take one of three courses of action after holding the hearing: adopt the ordinance proposed by the residents; put the ordinance to voters; or offer an alternative alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council puts the ordinance to voters, a vote must be held within 90 days, West-Chuhta said. The city could wait until

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