Maine Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November Ballot as Question 1

Like Colorado, Washington and Oregon, Maine's initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets.
The initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets. (Photo: IBTimes.com)

A Maine initiative that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been officially placed on this November’s election ballot as Question 1, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

According to Dunlap, the following is the exact questioning that will appear on the ballot this November 8th; “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

David Boyer, the Campaign Manager for the Yes on 1 campaign, says he’s happy with the way the question is worded.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on November Ballot in Maine

maineMaine officials on Wednesday announced that an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has officially qualified for this year’s general election ballot, meaning it will be voted on this November.

“This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy”, says David Boyer, Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “It is time to replace the underground market with a regulated system of licensed marijuana businesses. It is time to redirect our state’s limited law enforcement resources toward addressing serious crimes instead of enforcing failed prohibition policies. And it is time to stop punishing adults for using a substance that is significantly less harmful than alcohol.”

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Enough Signatures Collected in Maine to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

maineThe Maine Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit more than 100,000 signatures to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition. The campaign needs to submit 61,123 valid signatures from registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.

State Representative Diane Russell will join the campaign for a news conference at 10 a.m. ET in front of the campaign’s headquarters in Falmouth (183 U.S. Route 1) on Monday. Campaign leaders and volunteers will then load boxes of petitions onto a truck and deliver them to the Maine Secretary of State in Augusta (111 Sewall St.) at approximately 12 p.m. ET.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Maine Receives Approval from State, Petition Drive Begins Thursday

mainecampaignThe Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has received approval from the state to begin collecting signatures on its initiative to legalize cannabis in Maine. The group plans to kick off its petition drive Thursday at a news conference with campaign staff and volunteers.

“We’re excited to get out there and start talking to voters about the initiative and the many ways in which regulating and taxing marijuana will benefit our state,” said campaign manager David Boyer in a press release sent Wednesday. “When Portland voted overwhelmingly in support of making marijuana legal for adults, local officials opted to use state law to continue punishing people. We couldn’t think of a better place to launch the effort to end marijuana prohibition at the state level.”

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Maine: Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Announced

The political action committee Legalize Maine plans to unveil an initiative to legalize cannabis on Wednesday, with the hopes of putting the proposal to a vote in 2016.maine

“I’ve seen the benefits of the marijuana economy, both the medical and underground market, on Maine’s rural economy, and it’s time to transition to a regulated, legal market,” says Legalize Maine president Paul McCarrier. “Mainers don’t need a group from Washington, D.C., to dictate what’s best for them.”

McCarrier’s comment about a “group from Washington, D.C.” refers to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which is planning its own legalization initiative for Maine, with the identical goal of putting it to a vote in 2016. MPP has led successful legalization initiatives in the Maine cities of Portland and South Portland.

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Enough Signatures Collected to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in Lewiston, Maine

Advocates have collected more than the required signatures to put an initiative to legalize cannabis to a vote of the people this November in Lewistonlegalizemeyo, Maine, according to David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

According to Boyer, all but 66 of the 859 signatures required have been validated, with the group still having time left, all but assuring that the proposal will be put to a vote.

If the initiative does make the ballot, and is approved, it would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older. A similar initiative will be on the November ballot in South Portland, Maine.

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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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