Portland Greens pursue referendum to legalize marijuana in city

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Greens seek to legalize pot in Portland

A committee plans to collect signatures for a referendum on making marijuana possession legal in the city.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — If Maine is allowed to ignore federal law when it comes to medical marijuana, does that mean the city of Portland would be able to ignore federal and state laws when it comes to the recreational use of pot?

Glenn Lewis lights a joint in his Manchester, Maine home in October 2012. The Portland Green Independent Committee is seeking to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in Portland.

Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

The Portland Green Independent Committee thinks so.

The group plans to collect signatures for a referendum that would ask residents whether they want to legalize marijuana within city limits.

Chairman Tom MacMillan said he plans to deliver the request to the City Clerk’s Office on Thursday. Once the clerk certifies the petition, supporters have 80 days to gather 1,500 valid signatures. If that happens, a citywide vote could happen as early as November.

The petition language has not been finalized, but the Greens are expected to propose legalizing the possession of up to 2.5 ounces as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, such as bongs or pipes. Currently, state law decriminalizes possession of less than 1.25 ounces,

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