Marijuana activist sees Maine following in Colorado’s footsteps

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September 24

Marijuana activist sees Maine following in Colorado’s footsteps

Rob Kampia, leader of the Marijuana Policy Project, says a key legalization vote will be in Portland this November.

By Randy Billings
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – The leader of a national group pushing to legalize marijuana around the country is in Maine this week to lay the groundwork for legalization efforts here.

Rob Kampia

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project has made Maine one of 10 states in which the group is looking to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use by people age 21 and older in 2016.

And it sees the possibility of a big step forward this November, when Portland voters will consider an ordinance that would remove all penalties for adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

“(Portland’s effort) starts the debate the same way Denver started the debate in Colorado,” said Rob Kampia, the group’s co-founder and executive director.

Colorado last year became one of two states to approve legalization, nearly eight years after Denver did it at the city level.

Kampia will spend three days in Maine, meeting with medical marijuana dispensary owners and caregivers, as well as media outlets, legislators and potential political donors in Portland, Augusta, Bangor and Down East.

In an interview with the Press Herald, he noted the similarities among legalization efforts in Maine and Colorado.

Maine is one of 16 U.S. states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, which means someone caught

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