Maine candidates for governor eye pot legalization carefully

November 7th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON — The leading candidates for governor in Maine danced around the subject of whether the state should follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana statewide.

Different strains of marijuana are displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products.

On Tuesday, Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance that makes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use legal. The change, however, may be largely symbolic as both state and federal laws making possession illegal would supersede the ordinance, according to law enforcement.

The group that pushed the ordinance has indicated it plans to pursue a statewide referendum vote in 2016 to legalize recreational use.

A spokeswoman for the Democrat in the race, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, said he would want to see more details of any bill that would decriminalize further and legalize marijuana in Maine. 

“But he is concerned that such efforts could make the drug more accessible to children and teens,” Michaud’s campaign spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt said in a prepared statement. “The congressman is willing to sit down to discuss the issue with advocates for the law change and with representatives from the public health and law enforcement communities.”


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