Maine medical marijuana advocate objects to recreational legalization, calls …

August 20th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver industry said Tuesday they oppose a trio of ballot questions going before voters this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults under city ordinance.

On Tuesday, Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, said the group isn’t necessarily opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use but cautioned that the organizers of the petition drives, who put the question before voters, don’t have the best interests of the state in mind.

McCarrier called the petition drives and upcoming votes “media stunts.”

The ordinances would have little legal impact, as state and federal laws making recreational marijuana use illegal would supersede them, but advocates for legalization said the votes are important and will show that Mainers support legalization.

Voters in Portland, Maine’s largest city, approved a recreational marijuana ordinance in 2013 in a landslide vote, with 67 percent supporting the change.

The Lewiston City Council is expected to vote on Sept. 2 whether to adopt the ordinance change or put the question to city voters in November.

The ordinances as drafted would allow adults older than 21 years old to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Selling, growing and distributing marijuana would still be illegal under city law.

McCarrier said the Maine Marijuana Policy Project, which advanced the votes in Portland and now South Portland, Lewiston and York,

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