Pot legalization advocates move step closer to November vote in Lewiston

August 8th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON, Maine — Lewiston voters will likely decide in November if they want to join Portland in sending a message to lawmakers in Augusta and Washington that marijuana should be made legal for adult recreational use.

On Friday, advocates from the Maine Marijuana Policy Project met their deadline for turning in 859 signatures from registered Lewiston voters, requiring the City Council to pass an ordinance change or place a question on the November ballot.

David Boyer, the political director for the Maine Marijuana Policy Project, said his group has collected more than 1,250 signatures. City election officials are in the process of verifying that the signatures are from Lewiston voters, and once that process is complete, the question will be added to the ballot.

The ordinance change would allow adults older than 21 to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Selling and distributing marijuana would still be a criminal offense.

Boyer likens the prohibition on marijuana to the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. from 1920 to 1933.

“Alcohol prohibition was a complete failure,” Boyer said. “All it did was criminalize millions of Americans and gave Al Capone and his violent bootleggers a job, and it did nothing to stop the flow of alcohol just like marijuana prohibition has done nothing to stop the flow of marijuana into our communities.”

Boyer said legalized marijuana would force drug dealers out of business and replace it with a regulated industry that would require licensing and quality standards making marijuana use safe. He also

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