High hopes for legalizing marijuana in Maine

October 13th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Legal pot: Changes in attitudes

More Americans now favor leglization of marijuana than oppose it, according to a recent report by Pew Research.

SOURCE: Gallup, General Social Survey and Pew Research Center

Updated: 12:40 AM

High hopes for legalizing marijuana in Maine

As national views over recreational use gradually shift, will next month’s vote in Portland prove that change is in the air?

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer


Crash Barry, a writer from Oxford County who grows marijuana for medicinal use, lights a marijuana cigarette in Portland last week.

Photos by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Melissa Thomas of Portland says she supports legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. “I don’t want my son growing up and thinking I’m a criminal,” she says.

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PORTLAND — Melissa Thomas is a 38-year-old interior designer for a local paint company. She has a 5-year-old son, and she is engaged to be married.

She shows up to work on time, and belongs to a book club and mothers groups. She pays her bills and is closing on the purchase of a house in South Portland next month.

And like an increasing number of Americans, she likes to smoke marijuana – not for its medical benefits but because she enjoys it.

“Alcohol makes me sleepy,” said

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