Portland voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana

July 16th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

 PORTLAND — Proponents of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Maine’s largest city evoked the controversial George Zimmerman verdict during a Monday news conference in Portland and said laws against pot are used to unfairly target blacks.

Bob Talbot (left) of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said the state’s marijuana laws unfairly target African-Americans at a press conference Monday in Portland. David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, (right) said in a statement released before the news conference, “There is no need for the city to continue spending time and resources punishing adults simply for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.”

“Our justice system is failing us,” said Regina Phillips, an executive board member of the Maine NAACP, during the event. “It does not treat people equally.”

The news conference was held to rally support for a proposed ordinance change that would decriminalize possession of the drug in Portland just hours before the city

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