Representative Russell to Formally Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill Today in Maine

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 21, 2013

    Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) will formally introduce legislation that would make Maine the third state to legalize and regulate the possession and sale of marijuana to people over the age of 21 at a press conference being held at noon today.

    The press conference will start at 12:00 EST at the state capitol. The event will be live streamed here (and below) when it begins.

    If you live in Maine, please take a moment to write your representative today and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation. You can do so, quickly and easily, by using NORML’s Take Action Center here.

    MAINE: Click here to urge your elected officials to co-sponsor Rep. Russell’s Marijuana Legalization Bill

    You can view the archived video of the press conference here and here.

    18 Responses to “Representative Russell to Formally Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill Today in Maine”

    1. shawn says:

      MS. Russell has been pushing this Bill Hard.. Good thing for Her. I stand beside her and Everyone i have talked with about this Agree to Legalize Marijuana . So lets get it Done. 3 is a Charm.. being that we can be the 3rd state.

    2. If you clicked on the link in the article you could see the archived video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29454570

      A higher quality version has also been posted to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSQbEIXKs70&feature=youtu.be

    3. Just take a look at this web site, Rep. Diane Russell introduced the bill yesterday but no one can watch her do it because this web-site decided to leave the video live streaming instead of a recording that anyone could watch over. “Typical”

    4. I Don’t see it happening. Why?
      Because the News media is no longer a representative of the people and will deliberately spread false lies and propaganda to protect thier FCC licenses with the Federal Government. We all know that 90% of the money the Feds take in relation to drugs comes from the Marijuana trade. Its pretty obvious by the way the News media handled the last two Presidential elections that they are biased and under the control of corporate interests or doesn’t anyone remember Ron Paul getting screwed by the top three?

    5. skunkyfingers says:

      The more States that join in, the better chance that Congress will have to act. Each State that joins in, has members of Congress in the House and in the Senate who will join together and push for change. These members have to represent their States wishes and stand up for bills that represent their States Laws. This is freaking AWESOME! I’m loving it! As always, your doing a GREAT JOB NORML! Keep up the good work and keep us posted. 😉

    6. Vaporizon Smokeless says:

      @ Andywallwh0re

      I also watched the live stream from Maine at Noon EST today
      and noticed that during the first 4 minutes,
      (while they were setting up the camera),
      Diane said “We’re streaming, we’ve got 130 viewers…”

    7. Anonymous says:

      @ Brian,

      I’ve also been waiting, and I agree it’s a shame it’s taken so long. But, honestly, this is almost about the time-line I envisioned. I recall telling somebody back in the 1980s, when I was in my late 20s/early 30s, that when we were in our 50s and 60s, WE were gonna be the ones in Congress, and we would finally legalize pot.

      It seems to be playing out that way now; and it helps that the young ones today seem to be very pro-pot (and that a few of the old-timers seem to be lightening up, as well).

      Hopefully the trend will continue all the way to full legalization across the country. (Across the globe, for that matter, tho I know certain countries will never do it in my lifetime.)

    8. Andywallwh0re says:

      I watched the live stream from Maine today. Was taken back when she acknoledged us viewing it, noting at least 418 people were watching it from all over the us

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