Maine’s US Senate candidates disagree on marijuana legalization

August 29th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, doesn’t support making marijuana legal for recreational use at the national level.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, says she opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use for adults. Her Democratic opponent, Shenna Bellows, says the U.S. needs to end the prohibition on marijuana. In November, Lewiston voters will not only decide which candidate they want, but also will vote on whether to make the possession of up to 1½ ounces of marijuana legal for adults.

But in November, Lewiston voters will get a shot at sending a message to Congress and the state Legislature when they vote on a citywide ballot question that would make possession of up to 1½ ounces of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

“From a federal perspective, if there were a bill in the Senate to legalize marijuana, I would vote against it,” Collins said. That decision, she said, is based on extensive conversations she has had with medical professionals, law enforcement and others about what they are seeing in Maine

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