The organization Legalize Maine has received approval from Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize cannabis. The group is now required to collect 61,123 valid signatures to put the proposal to a vote of the people next year.
If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and would authorize cannabis social clubs where individuals could buy and use the therapeutic substance. Cannabis would be taxed at 10%.
A separate cannabis legalization initiative, also aiming for the 2016 ballot, was filed last month by the Marijuana Policy Project. Their initiative – which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 – would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the personal cultivation of up to six plants, in addition to authorizing state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.
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