Maine Could Elect The First Senator To Support Legalizing Marijuana

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By Nicole Flatow and Scott Keyes on

January 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

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Maine Could Elect The First Senator To Support Legalizing Marijuana


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Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for the 2014 Maine Senate race, calls herself a progressive and a libertarian. A former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Bellows supports bold action on climate change, a higher minimum wage, and less government surveillance. She is also the most prominent Senate candidate to boast her support for legalizing marijuana during a campaign.

Bellows faces a very tough road. In November polling, her opponent Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) remained among the top five most popular senators in the country, with a 61-percent approval rating.

Perhaps because of this, Bellows isn’t interested in avoiding controversy or tough questions. In the past, positions that could be considered soft-on-crime were the third rail for political candidates. There have been early signs this is changing, as now-Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) was successfully elected with criminal justice reform as a prominent feature of his campaign, and the Obama

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