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Portland Likely to Vote on Marijuana Legalization, Maine Lawmakers to Vote on Statewide Initiative

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 4, 2013

    Last week, advocates turned in double the amount of signatures required to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Portland, Maine this year, making certification seem very likely. If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits. Use of the drug in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation, would still be prohibited. The result from the signature certification process is expected in the coming weeks.

    Residents statewide may still get the opportunity to vote on marijuana legalization as well. We received word from Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland), sponsor of the LD 1229: An Act to Regulate and Tax Marijuana, that it is very likely the measure will receive a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. The amended version of LD 1229 contains only a simple referenda component. If the amended bill is approved by the legislature, it would place the question of whether or not to legalize marijuana on the statewide ballot in Maine this fall.

    MAINE RESIDENTS: It is absolutely crucial that your elected officials hear from you in support of this legislation over the next 24 to 36 hours. Please take a few minutes out of your day to call and email your elected officials and tell them to let the people of Maine decide if it is time to end marijuana prohibition. You can click here to easily find the name and phone number of your members of the State House and Senate. Call them and urge them to vote “YES” on LD 1229. You can also click here to quickly and easily send an email in support of this legislation to your elected representatives.

    NORML will keep you updated as these two efforts move forward. You can track the progress of marijuana law reform legislation in other states via NORML’s ‘Take Action’ page here.

    15 Responses to “Portland Likely to Vote on Marijuana Legalization, Maine Lawmakers to Vote on Statewide Initiative”

    1. Azteca says:

      They are falling like dominoes, thank you Colorado and Washington. Funny how the minority has become the normal majority.

    2. Tiffiney Mcclellan says:

      I pray legalization happens in Portland Oregon.

      [Paul Armentano responds: This post is referring to a municipal initiative in Portland, ME — not Portland, OR.]

    3. Miles says:

      Is anyone attempting to get signatures in Virginia? What is required to get this ball rolling? I don’t see anything happening when I visit the VA NORML website. It seems like VA will be one of the last states to do anything regarding marijuana but I’d like for that NOT to be the case…

      [Paul Armentano responds: Virginia lacks a voter initiative process. Therefore, any legal reforms must be approved by the state legislature and approved by the Governor.]

    4. Gene says:

      How many states are voting on out right legalization for anyone over the age of 21this fall?

    5. Douglas says:

      I pray for it to happen in Texas. We need to have a cross america pray day to end Cannabis probition

    6. This is really cool news, it’s great that the politicians (the not-so-crappy ones anyway) are finally LISTENING to the voters that elected them. This is one more nail in the coffin of our Draconian drug laws.

    7. michael says:

      cmon Maine!!! THANK YOU NORML FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

    8. Evening Bud says:

      Come on Portland, let’s keep this ball rolling!

    9. Miles says:

      [Paul Armentano responds: Virginia lacks a voter initiative process. Therefore, any legal reforms must be approved by the state legislature and approved by the Governor.]

      That’s really depressing since they all seem to want to continue the status quo: Keeping our prisons and jails full of marijuana users…

    10. William says:

      Don’t worry much about the states that don’t seem to be moving much on changing their laws. When they see their neighboring states rolling in the profits, it’ll make even the Republicans all warm and fuzzy. How many states have casinos now? LoL As in the immortal words of the great Cyndi Lauper, “Money Changes Everything”. (rofl sorry bout that one folks)

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