Legalization of Cannabis Takes Effect in Portland Tomorrow

On Friday, December 6th, cannabis will become officially legal in the city of Portland, the largest city in Maine, thanks to an initiative approved by voters last monthgood-weed. Under the new law, the possession, use and transfer of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis will no longer be a criminal or civil penalty under city law. Given that Colorado and Washington have both legalized just an ounce, and cannabis remains technically illegal (though tolerated) in places like Amsterdam, this new law will give Portland one of the most progressive cannabis possession policies in the world.

β€œThe Portland initiative is a major step toward broader marijuana policy reform in Maine,” says David Boyer, a director for the Marijuana Policy Project. β€œIt is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a more sensible system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

Advocates – including those within the Marijuana Policy Project – are currently working on a statewide initiative to legalize cannabis, which they hope to put on the 2014 ballot.

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    • Anonymous on June 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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    Girl scout cookie πŸ™‚

    • Sean on December 10, 2013 at 7:40 am
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    I hate to rain on Portland’s parade, but there are no stores where you can purchase weed, unless you have medical marijuana mother may I card to purchase from a dispensary. You can’t buy, sell or grow weed. Do they think weed comes from the weed fairy? And by the way an attempt to legalize marijuana in Maine with real legal stores was just recently shot down. Maine, you still have work to do. And the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine are also making sure that weed will never be legal recreationally in Maine, the traitors.

    • Anonymous on December 7, 2013 at 6:27 am
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    well I feel the same but at least he wasn’t a drunk that abused u!! didn’t kill anyone under the wheel like millions that have…your father could have gotten up and did things with u there are people out there that do the same thing without out weed..u still have a choice in life your mom chose to leave him instead of preswading him as a wen can do but she chose to put her energy into walking out on him….what if he killed himself over that would u still blame the weed or for your mother for leaving him…people make there own choices…and people need to stop teaching hate and to learn to respect people and how to love endlessly and not to give up…20 yr smoker who gave it up here!!

    • Leroy Jenkins on December 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm
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    Laura,
    Your dad has/had a lot deeper rooted problems than just smoking pot. I also suspect that your parents had some serious marital problems because nobody gets a divorce over a little pot. That’s like saying your dad liked to wear orange and your mom hated that color so she left him.

    I think you should genuinely re-evaluate your opinion and analyze statistics and facts rather than blame pot for your parents divorce. Best wishes to you regardless

    • laura on December 6, 2013 at 1:29 am
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    Marijuana ruined my family. My dad wouldent give it up and mom left him. He couldent do anything unless he was high and it chaged how he acted. He wouldent do things with us and is real lazy. I hate this drug and I dont undestand why people are doing this.

    broken family- thanks pot

      • Anonymous on December 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm
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      have you ever thought maybe he was just lazy and didn’t want to do anything w you and your mom was so hurt by it she brain washed you

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