Latest bids to legalize marijuana cause split

October 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH PORTLAND — Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said he is “apoplectic” about an upcoming vote that could declare it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana in his city.

In South Portland, Police Chief Edward Googins is adamantly opposed to a proposal that would legalize the drug there. “It’s not a good thing for our community and it’s not a good thing for our state,” Googins said.


Here’s a snapshot of upcoming marijuana votes across the country:

Alaska: Issue 2 would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants for recreational use.

District of Columbia: Initiative 71 would allow adults to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants and give marijuana to other adults 21 and older for recreational use.

Florida: Issue 2 would legalize marijuana to treat “debilitating medical conditions.”

Oregon: A ballot initiative would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 8 ounces and four plants of marijuana for recreational use.

But if legalization advocates are right, the two community leaders are among a shrinking minority of Maine voters. In these two cities and in communities across the state, there is a growing realization that legalized recreational use of marijuana is on its way and that the state might as well regulate and tax the drug, according to advocates who led the charge to put legalization questions on the Nov. 4 ballots in the two cities.

“Everywhere you go there’s a thick Maine accent that says, ‘Just

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