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.
Below is a quick overview of the cannabis-related proposals being voted on:
Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to 4 plants. The proposal would also authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which anyone 21 and older could purchase cannabis from. The outlets would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission, and cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce.
In just 10 days, on November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us, and Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. – along with a couple of cities – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, only two years after Washington and Colorado did the same.
In Oregon, Measure 91 has consistently maintained majority support among polls, including one from last week which found it winning 52% to 41%. Still, the numbers are close, so it’s vital that legalization advocates in Oregon take the time to vote in favor of the proposal if they’re registered, and to spread the word either way.
In a little over 10 weeks, on November 4th, voters in several cities and states will have the opportunity to continue the growing momentum behind the movement to end cannabis prohibition, and they’ll be able to do so in a big way.
In Oregon, voters will be deciding the fate of Measure 91, an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. By far the most progressive of the initiatives being voted on this year, Measure 91 would legalize the possession and use of up to half a pound (eight ounces) of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to four plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets will also be authorized and regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission. According to a recent study, the initiative’s tax rate, which is said to be far more reasonable than rates in Colorado and Washington, will put cannabis prices at around $140 an ounce.
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.
Recently activists in South Portland, Maine submitted enough signatures to put their proposal to legalize cannabis in front of the City Council, which 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.
South Portland has certified an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the city after verifying that at least 959 of the 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.
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.”
At a press conference held yesterday Citizens for a Safer Maine launched cannabis legalization initiative drives in the Maine cities of Lewiston, South Portland and York, with the goal of putting the issue to a vote of the people this November. If placed on the ballot and approved by voters, the initiatives would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older.
“It is just a simple issue of freedom”, says State Representative Stavros Mendros, a supporter of the move to legalize cannabis.