Portland, Maine to Legalize Marijuana

January 20th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

On Tuesday, November 5, 70 percent of Portland, Maine voted to legalize the possession of marijuana. The bill said that it was legal for anyone over the age of 21 to carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana while on private property. The law will go into effect on December 6.
The advocates for marijuana and the people of Portland claimed their victory at about 9:30 p.m., chanting “Yes on 1” and “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”
The tally of votes came in at 9,921 for the legalization of possessing marijuana but it doesn’t give the people of Portland ways to buy the drug.
However, marijuana is still illegal under federal and state law and is only legal for medical use. The Portland law says that it is legal to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, not use the drug in public.
“Regardless of Tuesday’s vote, officers will continue to enforce state law, which says possessing as much as 2.5 ounces of marijuana can lead to a civil summons and fines of $350 to $1,000. Furnishing, selling or packaging the drug for sale can bring criminal charges,” said Police Chief Michael Sauschuck.
“While the people of Portland are free to express their views on marijuana or other topics of social importance, the marijuana ordinance of course does not override state or federal laws regulating the use, possession, furnishing and sale of marijuana,” said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
Portland is the first city on the East Coast

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