Portland, Maine To Vote On Marijuana Legalization Today

November 5th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

portland maine marijuana legalizationIt’s a big day in Portland, Maine. Voters will decide today whether or not to legalize marijuana in Portland. Question 1 would remove all penalties for possessing up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older. It would be a small but significant victory if Question 1 is approved today. Portland is Maine’s largest city, and if marijuana is legalized at the city level, it will boost the odds of any statewide efforts in the future.

Maine was once considered to be a top contender to be the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature. However, as we reported on TWB recently, corporate interests squashed those efforts. Per the earlier article, ‘At the last minute, monied corporate interests representing established medical marijuana dispensaries came in and managed to flip one of the votes necessary to approve the bill for introduction. Their complaints were vague and they made the claim they were not invited to the table, despite the legislation being drafted to provide them with priority status when it came to applying for retail licenses. In truth, they walked away from the very table they said they were not invited to.’

The Portland Green Independent Committee was responsible for collecting more than 2,500 signatures to put the proposal before the Maine City Council for a vote. The Maine City Council voted 6-1 to put it on the ballot so voters

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