Lawmakers in York Pass Ordinance to Decriminalize Marijuana for Those 18+

The York City Council has given approval to an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of slightly over an ounce of marijuana.

Marijuana StudiesThe ordinance, approved on a 4 to 1 vote, decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 18 and older: The measure was introduced by Councilmember Judy Ritter-Dickson.

Under the approved law, those caught possessing marijuana – as long as it’s under 30 grams and not for distribution purposes – will be fined $100 for a first offense, rather than being arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor. For a second offense, the fine will be raised to $250, and $500 for a third offense. If someone commits more than three violations in a five year period, they can still face a misdemeanor charge and the potential of jail time.

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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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Initiative Drive Underway to Legalize Cannabis in Three Maine Cities

At a press conference held yesterday Citizens for a Safer Maine launched cannabis legalization initiative drivesMedicalMarijuana2-JCR.jpg 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.

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