Enough Signatures Collected in Maine to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote
The Maine Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit more than 100,000 signatures to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition. The campaign needs to submit 61,123 valid signatures from registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.
State Representative Diane Russell will join the campaign for a news conference at 10 a.m. ET in front of the campaign’s headquarters in Falmouth (183 U.S. Route 1) on Monday. Campaign leaders and volunteers will then load boxes of petitions onto a truck and deliver them to the Maine Secretary of State in Augusta (111 Sewall St.) at approximately 12 p.m. ET.
“Over the past six months, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters from all over the state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”
If approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of small amounts of cannabis, while establishing a system of legal cannabis cultivation centers and retail outlets, similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64 which was approved by voters in 2012.