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 month. 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.
“The Portland initiative is a major step toward broader marijuana policy reform in Maine,” says David Boyer, a director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It 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.