Pot legalization advocates get enough signatures to qualify for South Portland …

July 23rd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Seven business days after holding a news conference to turn in their petitions, marijuana legalization advocates announced on Wednesday they officially have enough signatures to qualify for a spot on the South Portland ballot.

“Voters were very receptive during the signature drive,” said David Boyer, Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement. “Most people agree law enforcement officials have more important things to do than punish adults for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol. If this measure passes [at the polls], police can use their discretion to stop arresting adults for simple marijuana possession.”

The South Portland city clerk’s office had 20 days to certify that at least 959 of the names on the petitions were valid and from registered city voters.

The Marijuana Policy Project, the national organization which led the legalization campaign in nearby Portland last fall, announced it received that confirmation from the city on Wednesday. The group and its supporters turned in 1,521 signatures on July 14.

In addition to backing a referendum to legalize possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana in Maine’s largest city last November — which passed with the support of two-thirds of the Portlanders who voted — the Marijuana Policy Project is now seeking to get similar measures before voters in South Portland, Lewiston and York.

Unlike in the Portland ordinance, however, the proposed rules in the other three municipalities would legalize possession of only one ounce.

The organization already has turned in

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