Cannabis Legalization Initiative Approved in South Portland, Maine

imageVoters in South Portland, Maine have voted to approve an initiative which legalizes recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

Once it takes effect, the initiative, put forth by Citizens for a Safer Maine, will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The initiative was approved with around 55% of the vote.

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Cannabis Legalization Initiative Placed on November Ballot in Lewiston, Maine

The Lewiston City Council has voted unanimously to put an initiative to legalize cannabis on this November’s ballot.cannanuglets

The Council was forced to vote on the issue after the group Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than enough signatures to put their initiative to a vote, giving the Council the option of either passing the bill into law, or placing it on the November 4th ballot.

If approved by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative has been placed on the November ballot in South Portland, and enough signatures have been submitted for an initiative in York.

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Enough Signatures Submitted to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in York

Activists in York, Maine submitted over 900 signatures yesterday to put their proposal to legalize cannabis to a vote, more than the 640 required.voteflorida Once the city verifies that enough of the 900-plus signatures are valid (from registered York voters), the proposal will be sent to the City Council, which can either pass it into law, or place it on this November’s ballot.

The proposal, put forth by Citizens for a Safer Maine, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Earlier this summer advocates submitted over 100 signatures for this initiative, enough to put it before the council, though they rejected it on a 3 to 2 vote. The group then decided to pursue the goal of 640 signatures, which would override the council’s vote and force them to vote on it again, but this time giving them the option of passing it or putting it to a vote of the people – they don’t have the ability to reject it entirely.

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South Portland, Maine City Council Places Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative on November Ballot

The South Portland, Maine City Council has voted unanimously to place an initiative to legalize cannabis on this November 4th’s ballot. southportland

Recently activists submitted more than enough signatures to put their legalization proposal in front of the City Council, which had the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November; they chose the latter.

The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine and supported by the Marijuana Policy Project, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older.

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South Portland, Maine City Council Votes Unanimously on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Recently activists in South Portland, Maine submitted enough signatures to put their proposal to legalize cannabis in front of the City Council, whichcannabisjointandbud has the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November. Last week the Council moved the bill forward with a unanimous vote, setting it up for a second reading on August 18th.

The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative was approved with 67% of the vote in Portland, Maine, last year.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in South Portland, Maine, to be on November Ballot

South Portland has certified an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the city after verifying that at least 959 of thecsm over 1,500 signatures submitted were valid (from registered South Portland voters). The proposal will now be discussed by the City Council (on August 4th), who can either approve the bill directly into law, or send it to voters by placing it on the November ballot. The Council has already expressed its opposition to the measure, indicating that city voters will get an opportunity to voice their opinion on the issue.

If the initiative is approved by the Council, or by voters, it 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, with just 30% voting in opposition.

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Signatures Submitted to Put Cannabis Legalization to a November Vote in South Portland, Maine

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 PortlandLegalizing Marijuana, 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.”

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