Court complaint seeks to force York to include pot ballot question

September 17th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

The group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in three Maine communities filed a complaint Wednesday in York County Superior Court seeking an injunction requiring the York Board of Selectmen to place the question on the November ballot.

The board has twice refused to forward the proposed ordinance to referendum, saying it is not lawful because marijuana use is illegal under state law. Supporters collected a total of nearly 1,000 signatures on two separate petitions in their bid to put the question to voters.

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A group has filed a court complaint trying to compel the town of York to pose a ballot question on allowing the recreational use of marijuana in town.

York selectmen in August voted against putting the measure on the ballot after receiving the initial petition with 100 signatures. Supporters of Citizens for a Safer York and the Marijuana Policy Project collected 767 additional signatures to bring the matter before the board a second time, but the board voted 3-2 last week against sending the question to voters.

“The right to petition your government is the bedrock of democracy. For the selectmen to ignore the will of their constituents goes against what our country is all about and that is why I signed on to this case,” said plaintiff Sharon DaBiere of York.

David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said selectmen “clearly went out of their way twice to disenfranchise these voters.”

“We cannot stand by and let elected officials try to silence the

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