Portland’s Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

November 10th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine since 1999, and Portland voters legalized possession for recreational use just last week.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine since 1999, and Portland voters legalized possession for recreational use just last week.


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It’s been a big year in the marijuana legalization movement. Not only did Colorado and Washington voters make marijuana legal last November, but this week Coloradans approved a ballot measure to tax marijuana sales.

Also this week, Michigan voters in three cities removed penalties for possession. And in Portland, Maine, voters passed by an overwhelming margin an ordinance to legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces.

At a victory party at a Portland pub Tuesday night, activists lit up a foot-long joint and passed it around in celebration — until they were asked to put it out. Smoking pot in public is still illegal, and marijuana remains outlawed at the state and federal levels.

That’s why Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says not much will change as a result of the city’s vote.

“State law pre-empts an ordinance of this sort, a local ordinance of any sort,” he says.

The other reason Sauschuck

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2013/11/10/244260355/voters-approve-pot-posession-in-portland-maine

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