South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

August 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night.

The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, following up on the group’s success at the polls in Portland last fall.

In Maine’s largest city, two-thirds of those who voted approved an ordinance in November legalizing possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Supporters of legalization have said they plan to pursue a statewide referendum on the subject in 2016.

On Monday night, the South Portland City Council voted unanimously not to implement the proposed legalization ordinance outright, a procedural step that forwards the measure instead to a citywide vote, Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, reported.

The Marijuana Policy Project had gathered more than 1,500 signatures on petitions seeking the ordinance change, enough to either force its adoption by the council outright or place the item on the ballot. The council chose the latter option.

“Voters will have the chance to take a bite out of marijuana prohibition in South Portland this November,” said Marijuana Policy Project Maine political director David Boyer in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to have an open and honest public dialogue about this important issue. In particular, we hope to continue the conversation about the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol.

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