Citizens for a Safer Maine has submitted over 1,500 signatures to place their initiative to legalize cannabis on this November’s ballot in South Portland, well more than the required 959 signatures. The city’s clerk now has 20 days to certify the petition.
“Our goal is to get people talking about marijuana and the benefits of ending prohibition,” says David Boyer, Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting the efforts. “Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol for the consumer and for society. It should be treated in that way, and that entails no longer punishing adults who choose to use it responsibly.”
If approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year in Portland.
Citizens for a Safer Maine is also running initiative campaigns in the Maine cities of York and Lewiston.