Portland to vote on legalizing pot

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Portland to vote on legalizing pot
July 16, 2013 12:37 EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland voters will decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana possession legal in the city.

The Portland City Council voted Monday to have residents vote Nov. 5 on a referendum seeking to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public.

Referendum supporters turned in more than 2,500 signatures to Portland city officials in May. Rather than simply adopt the ordinance Monday, the City Council voted to send it to voters.

If it passes, the ordinance would conflict with federal law that makes marijuana illegal, as well as state law that allows people to use marijuana, but only for medical purposes.

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