Maine group pushes for legalized marijuana ballot measure

November 21st, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

From CNN.

From CNN.

PORTLAND, Maine — A new Maine-based activist group released a detailed proposal on how to legalize recreational marijuana this week, potentially adding Maine to the growing list of states nationwide where use of the drug is permitted.

These efforts by Legalize Maine, based largely on an agenda of statewide economic growth, mark the second attempt in the state in recent months to put pot before voters in 2016.

Paul McCarrier, the group’s leader, highlighted the potential benefits of pot legalization — including a substantial boost in tourism — in a press conference in the state’s capital Wednesday.

“Our goal is a rural economic revival,” he said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “Rural Maine is dying and we need to stop that. Marijuana is not the golden ticket, but it’s part of the solution.”

To be eligible for a voter referendum in November 2016, about 61,000 signatures would be needed by January 2016. McCarrier said the group hopes to collect about 80,000 signatures in the state, and will start their activism soon.

If the plan is approved, adults aged 21 and older would be allowed to possess an unlimited amount of pot in their homes — and they’d also be permitted to grow the plant, provided they obtain a license.

The goal is to give at least 75 percent of these licenses to owners of small farms in an effort to cultivate statewide industry.

Like alcohol, marijuana would be taxed at 8%, and its use would be permitted

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