Portland May Legalize Marijuana Possession Next Week, You Can Help

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director October 29, 2013

    Photo credit: Erin Daly

    Photo credit: D. Boyer

    Next Tuesday, November 5th, voters in Portland, Maine will decide whether or not to legalize the personal possession of marijuana in the city.

    The initiative, Question 1, would remove all criminal and civil penalties for adults possessing up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. This means no arrest, no criminal record, no citation, no fine. We know we can win on Election Day and pass this initiative, which would send a clear message down the East Coast that the people in this region are ready to move forward on legalizing marijuana.

    You can help make that victory a reality. Our allies at Just Say Now have launched an online phone banking tool which allows anyone across the country to log in and begin calling Portland voters to encourage their support for the issue. A script and talking points will be provided and you can help us by making as many calls to voters as you can, any amount helps inch us closer to the finish line.

    Click here to sign up and begin calling Portland voters in support of Question 1 today!

    Vote Yes on Question 1, Legalize Marijuana in Portland.

    19 responses to “Portland May Legalize Marijuana Possession Next Week, You Can Help”

    1. Ryan says:

      This isn’t really legalization… But personally I feel like decrim is a very good step in the right direction

    2. Cat Cassie says:

      Good Luck Maine!! My fingers are crossed for you.

    3. TheOracle says:

      If this passes, does it mean that at the very least if you bring your own cannabis to a coffeeshop in Portland that you can smoke it or vape it according to house rules, and the cops can’t do anything about it?

      Will you use a Mellow Yellow coffeeshop approach (Amsterdam) whereby the budtender is actully not an employee of the store but rather buys space–the right to a chair and flat surface. The shop is bound to make money off customers who hang out and buy coffee, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, maybe pinball or computer games, whatever. Back then we would have called him or her the dealer but now it’s budtender. Back then they could be women, too. No matter who it is they ought to be able to enter and exit through the back, safe service entrance. You may want to use couriers so that the budtender is clean coming and going from the shop so as not to get robbed! Couriers to bring more weed and take money back to office/bank deposit. You don’t want to have that much weed to invite robbers so unless you’ve got a walk-in safe forget about it.

      West Coast is sounding better and better all the time!

    4. xDIRTYSOUTHx says:

      Good luck Portland!

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      East Coast is sounding better and better, too. I guess the times they are a changing again. Thanks NORML for the hard, patient work over the years. Maybe they’ll make a movie out of this long strange trip!

    6. It would be great for Maine to allow marijuana for recreational use,but are they thinking about the medical marijuana users.Thousands of people need marijuana every day for an endless number of problemsI.I have smoked for 40 years for muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury. Vote yes for everyone! TY David.

    7. Mejamz says:

      If MMj patients are prevented from owning / procuring guns, can they still vote?
      Glad to see banks are willing to participate…

    8. Miles says:

      If this was happening in Virginia, I’d be thrilled beyond belief. Unfortunately, the politics here seem to be round’em’up and lock’em’up.

      Note: If you are a Virginian, PLEASE vote for Sarvis for Governor if you want to see this brutal Un-American policy to change. Voting for the Democratic or Republican candidate is just going to get you more of the same…

    9. Carlos says:

      We need to stick together to make a differance and have our voice heard !!!!. Good luck Portland.

    10. Alex says:

      Legalization is when something that was previously impossible to do without legal repercussion is now very much possible, which is exactly what this is so yes this is very much so legalization.