Maine Legislation Would Repeal Marijuana Legalization

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Legislation introduced in Main would fully repeal a voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for everyone 21 and older.

LD 667 was introduced by Senator Scott Cyrway along with eight other senators and representatives. All of the lawmakers sponsoring the measure are Republicans.

LD 667 would repeal Question 1, a citizens initiative approved in last year’s election with 50.27% voting in favor. The initiative legalized the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed retail outlets and distribution centers.

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Successful Maine Legalization Initiative is Most Progressive in the Country

In yesterday’s election eight out of nine statewide cannabis initiatives came out victorious. Among them, Maine’s Question 1 stands out as being the most progressive.

ProgressivePrior to this election four states legalized cannabis, all of them with a one ounce limit. Yesterday’s successful initiatives in California, Massachusetts and Nevada adopted this same limit. Maine, however, allows for the possession of 250% this amount; 2.5 ounces. This clearly demonstrates that voters – at least in some states – are willing to accept a limit higher than one ounce.

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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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Voters In Portland, Maine, Legalize Cannabis

In a huge victory for the cannabis reform movement, the voters of Portland, Maine, have approved an initiative (Question 1) to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. portlandlegalThe proposal passed with roughly 70% of the vote.

Once this initiative takes effect, Portland’s cannabis policies will become one of the most lenient in the nation; by comparison, Washington and Colorado legalized just 1 ounce – the possession of 2.5 ounces remains a crime in both states (in Washington, it remains a felony).

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Buses in Portland, Maine to Carry Ads Urging Voters to Legalize Cannabis

This November voters in Portland, Maine will get the opportunity to vote on an initiative (Question 1) to legalize up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, advocates are now placing advertisements on buses across the citybusad, claiming cannabis to be safer than alcohol, and urging voters to approve the initiative.

“I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it is less harmful to my body”, one of the ads say. “I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it’s less toxic, so there’s no hangover”, says another. 

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