Lewiston bucks trend in push to legalize marijuana

November 6th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Lewiston’s rejection of a marijuana legalization ordinance set the city apart on an Election Day that otherwise appeared to show growing momentum for legalizing pot around the country.

Not only did South Portland voters support legalization Tuesday, but so did voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.

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Matthew Bourgeois, Erin Daly and Chris Blake, volunteers for the passage of the marijuana referendum, show their joy with the passing in South Portland, at Thatchers in South Portland.

The decisive “No” vote in Lewiston – 55 percent to 45 percent – is seen by opponents as a sign that legalization is not inevitable in Maine, despite the state being identified as fertile ground for the movement.

But advocates say the support from many voters there and from 52 percent of the voters in South Portland succeeded in laying groundwork for a statewide vote on the issue in two years.

With its vote in favor of legalization Tuesday, South Portland became the second city on the East Coast to pass an ordinance legalizing recreational possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. Portland became the first in a 2013 referendum.

Also on Tuesday, voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved measures to legalize recreational pot. The only major loss for advocates was in Florida, where a proposal to allow medical marijuana garnered 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent required to pass.

Advocates say the votes signal Americans are ready to expand legalization beyond Colorado and Washington state,

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/11/05/lewiston-bucks-trend-in-push-to-legalize-marijuana/