Marijuana in Maine: Cities to Vote For Recreational Use in November Elections

August 22nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — South Portland Maine residents will join residents in Oregon and Alaska when they vote on the issue of legalizing recreational use in November. The city is the fourth largest in Maine. The separate municipality of Portland legalized marijuana possession in December 2013. The state legislature failed less than a month before to legalize recreational use state wide. Medical use marijuana has been legal since 1999.

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The state has been teetering on the edge of recreational or “adult use” marijuana for several years, despite being overshadowed by faster development if not successful votes in Colorado and Washington state. For this reason, the November vote will be decisive in moving state reform forward as well. Per David Boyer, state political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, “If South Portland votes to make marijuana legal for adults, this will send a big message to the rest of the state.”

The South Portland City Council voted unanimously on Monday to proceed with the vote put before it by the signature gathering campaign of local citizens spearheaded by the reform group Citizens for a Safer Maine. The group managed to collect more than 1,500 signatures (600 more than legally required) to put the measure before the council – which then had the option of

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