Maine: Legalization Opponents File Petitions Challenging Election Day Vote

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 16, 2016

    Maine Yes on 1Marijuana legalization opponents in Maine are formally challenging the results of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, a statewide ballot initiative that received slightly over 50 percent of the vote on Election Day.

    Legal counsel for the No on 1 campaign today turned in petitions to the Secretary of State’s office formally requesting a recount. If the recount goes forward, the process is expected to take approximately 30 days and cost taxpayers nearly $500,000.

    If the vote is upheld, the measure will become law by January 7, 2017.

    The Act permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to possess personal use quantities of marijuana (up to two and one-half ounces and/or the total harvest produced by six plants). The measure also establishes regulations for the commercial cultivation and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Regulations governing marijuana-related businesses are scheduled to be in place by August 8, 2017.

    21 responses to “Maine: Legalization Opponents File Petitions Challenging Election Day Vote”

    1. Mark Mitcham says:

      The following commentary has been sanitized for your protection:
      “Why those dirty rotten yeller no-good varmits!”

    2. Wade says:

      Tell them their signatures are rejected, hahaha

    3. Matt says:

      Gagnon again, possibly. Would be sad to see them succeed, but I would not be surprised.

    4. Julian says:

      Let this tyranny remind us of whats at stake here; the freedom of the American people, our right to self medicate, perchance to dream…
      And for God’s sake if youre going to exercise your right to voter initiative use a reputable notary!!!
      ( NORML, start verifying your dates!!!)

    5. Gene says:

      This is the reason we can rest!! We must keep pushing until it’s legal federally.

    6. phrtao says:

      Has anyone said how you prove that the quantity of weed you possess is from 6 plants (that you have grown). If done right, with perfect conditions, it is possible to harvest 50 lbs or more from 6 plants. Have these people not got access to youtube ?

    7. Quenton McConnell says:

      Why doesn’t the No on 1 campaign pay for the recount?

      • Synth8 says:

        They would have to if the pro side margin were wider.
        I think the threshold is 1.5% of the vote, which in this case is below this number

    8. John Perschall says:

      That’s fine, but if the count is correct or shows more votes for the initiative then the challengers should be responsible for the cost.

    9. That’s fine, but if the recount shows that the initiative vote is correct, or has more votes the challengers should pay the 500K.

    10. fireweed says:

      Hey, I got an idea for the opponents; nobody’s “making” you smoke, so if you don’t like it, JUST DON’T SMOKE IT!

      • Cat Cassie says:

        Prohibitionist don’t want their kids to know that you are smoking in your own house. Sucks I know but that’s the way it is.

      • Geoff says:

        Best advice I’ve heard yet!!
        My brother lived and worked in Maine for about 6+ years until it literally drove him to suicide. The countryside and the scenery are beautiful, except for the month of Februugly and March, YUCK! It was the people that drove him batty!! And, everyone he knew, smoked weed??!! So, where are all of these NO votes coming from??