Lewiston voters reject marijuana measure

November 7th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON — Distance makes all the difference, according to foes of legal marijuana in Maine.

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Scott Gagnon, director of the Maine coalition of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said Tuesday’s split decisions on legal marijuana measures show that support wanes the farther north you go.

“That’s what really matters when you think of a statewide vote that could be coming in 2016,” Gagnon said. “That’s the result I think really matters to us.”

Voters in Lewiston said no to legal marijuana by a vote of 6,044 to 7,366.

“It’s a significant margin, and that’s important for us,” Gagnon said.

Voters in South Portland went the other way, voting 6,326 to 5,755 in favor of legalization.

The municipal questions asked voters simply to legalize possession of a single ounce of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. It didn’t address sales or any kind of distribution.

David Boyer, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project in Maine, said Lewiston and South Portland initiatives were merely placeholders. The group hopes to present a statewide legalization vote in 2016, and that should include many of the practical issues of legalizing marijuana.

“Our initiatives today don’t have taxation and regulations components written in,” Boyer said. “They don’t solve the problem of black market marijuana and they don’t solve the revenue problem for the state. Those are two things that voters

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