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Marijuana Legalization Returns to Center Stage in Maine

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director October 22, 2013

    Earlier this year, we came within just 4 votes on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives on legislation that would have put marijuana legalization before state voters this fall. While that effort fell short, voters in the city of Portland will still have the chance to vote on marijuana legalization this November. Question 1 will be on the Portland ballot and would legalize the adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. With just two weeks left, we can use all the help we can get to pass this initiative. If you live in Portland and want to find out how you can assist, please contact David Boyer at dboyer@mpp.org.

    WGME CBS 13 will air a special internet broadcast of a Town Hall Forum on Thursday, October 24, from 7:30-8:30pm, concerning the issue of legalizing small amounts of marijuana in Portland. If you wish to attend in person, apply in advance to be in the audience at wgme.com. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions in person and online via social media, using www.facebook.com/wgme13 and on Twitter using #YourVoiceYourFuture. The forum will air live on wgme.com and be broadcast on WGME CBS 13 on Sunday, October 27th at 11:35 PM.

    In further news, it is our distinct pleasure to announce we will once again be pursuing statewide legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana in Maine. NORML and Representative Diane Russell have drafted and prepared legislation for introduction that would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and the personal cultivation of up to 6 plants. Retail outlets would be licensed by the Alcoholic Beverages, Cannabis and Lottery Operation within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. We will be releasing final bill language as we get closer to its introduction, but we want to make sure this effort is on your radar, as it was the outpouring of grassroots support that helped us get so close to victory this year. If you would be interested in helping with this future statewide effort in Maine, please contact NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri at erik@norml.org. You can also click here to sign on to pledge your support for the legislation here.

    Together, we WILL legalize marijuana in Portland this year and across Maine in 2014.

    14 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Returns to Center Stage in Maine”

    1. Matt says:

      This is fantastic news. I thought the statewide initiative had to wait until the 2016 election? So the bill is being introduced in 2014, but does that mean it could pass and legalize next year or just get on the ballet for a vote in 2016?

    2. The legislation, if passed by state lawmakers as introduced, would go into effect at a set date (likely a time in 2015) and would not have to be voted upon by the people. If legislative efforts ultimately fail, though we are pretty confident we can get this through, a legalization initiative would likely be on the ballot in Nov. 2016

    3. Matt says:

      Thanks Erik. Great news!

    4. Aaron says:

      This is awesome news. I suspected a domino effect would occur after WA and CO.

    5. Mark Innes says:

      domino effect is a loner from the vietnam era with a negative connotation that should not be used by cannabis advocates. This is not a game…we are fighting for our patient rights stolen by a system that is killing patients every day for the profits of lab manufactured chemicals.

    6. Dave Murphy says:

      RIGHT MARK Innes!

      domino effect is a loner from the vietnam era with a negative connotation that should not be used by cannabis advocates. This is not a game…we are fighting for our patient rights stolen by a system that is killing patients every day for the profits of lab manufactured chemicals.

    7. Dave Evans says:

      Dave, there is more to it than profits. These people are so confused, they just don’t understand that pills are more dangerous than marijuana. They actually say that concentrating the drugs in marjuana will make them more useful and safer, just like morphine. See how little sense that just made? Yet they believe this crap. More people die from pills than all illegal drugs combined. “Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain”, they say and believe it.

      This is as logical as blame the rape victim for the actions of the rapist. And yes, they used to allow bullshit like that as an excuse for rape. It is the same kind of broken justification for assanine behavior. “I has no other choice than to abuse you, your dress is just too hot!” vs. “Take these pills that have already killed hundreds before you, ’cause it is safer.”

    8. Bob Constantine says:

      While I appreciate the effort of people to “legalize” in Maine. Let’s not confuse a government program that taxes and limits what and how much a person can grow for “freedom”.

      When another person or group of people tax and “regulate” what you can possess and/or ingest you are not free.

    9. Sara says:

      I’m a little confused…why is this being voted just in Portland? If it passes what does that mean?

    10. sir slave says:

      2.5 ounces of bud, is not nearly enough to make oil for your whole family for a month……ingesting cannabis oil is what cures cancer, MS, alzheimers, epilepsy, parkinsons ect ect…….it should also be used as a preventative measure……but that would buck our whole medical system that focuses on catastrophic care….for profit of course…..
      …..the AMA obviously doesn’t recognize MMJ as a legitimate cure for ANYTHING!!….because they would be OUT OF BUSINESS if they did!……24000 people die each year of overdose from prescription drugs……..how many die from ingesting cannabis …..????? TRY 0!…..no wonder the GOV has been trying to eradicate it?(completely unsuccessfully) it would replace ALL the ineffective prescription poisons that big pharma currently pedals to the world.

    11. tony says:

      u spelled bullet

    12. @Bob Constantine , As I do see your point on this matter, this is simply the beginning. We have to start somewhere, get our foot in the door then educate others here in Maine.

      And WHY we Need a NORML chapter here in Maine.

      I am looking for, five others ( or more ) to join me in this great opportunity.

      Ending marijuana prohibition here in Maine and to start a domino effect across the country. Maine is a HUGE state and will need more chapters here as well, but to my original statement above, “We have to start somewhere”, and we WILL be successful..

      If you live in the GREAT state of Maine and are passionate about our cause, Please Join us! Erik Altieri at erik@norml.org will gladly forward you my Information.

    13. Griffin says:

      I think it should be legalized. Legalizing cannabis will boost a states economy since the tax that would be on it. It is also been proven to be alt less
      Dangerouse and less harmful than tobacco and alchohal. It also has been proven for medicinal purposes, and could be safer than half of the prescribed drugs out there. I do think if it was to be legalized it should hold the same restrictions as alchohal, so no purchase or usage under 21

    14. sir slave says:

      considering cannabis has NEVER killed ANYONE?…id consider it SAFER than All prescription drugs……from which 24000 people die of over doses each year.

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