Group eyes Lewiston for next stop in pot legalization

January 22nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — The Marijuana Policy Project will launch new efforts this fall to legalize recreational marijuana use in Lewiston, South Portland and York, a move that leaders in two of those cities said caught them to some degree off guard.

Leaders of the campaign to legalize marijuana in Portland, from left, David Boyer, David Marshall and Tom MacMillan celebrate their victory on Nov. 5.

While South Portland police Chief Edward Googins said he has suspected since election night in November 2013 that his city could be the next battleground in the legalization debate, officials in York and Lewiston said Tuesday that they were surprised by the news.

David Boyer, Maine’s political director for the national Marijuana Policy Project, said Tuesday that his organization will attempt to put a marijuana legalization question on ballots in all three municipalities through local citizen petitions. He said the question his group hopes to put to voters will be similar to a local ordinance passed in Portland last November that legalizes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults.

“Our point really is to keep the discussion going and to show that this wasn’t something just unique to Portland,” Boyer said. “We think that Mainers across the state believe that adults shouldn’t be punished for marijuana possession.”


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