Two Maine Cities will Vote on Legalization: an Activist Reflects

Two Maine Cities will Vote on Legalization: an Activist Reflects
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Maine passed a medical marijuana law in 1999 with 61% of the vote.  A 2009 ballot initiative amended the law to allow dispensaries and add additional qualifying conditions.  Eight dispensaries are currently in operation.  Also in 2009, the state legislature decriminalized possession of a limited amount of cannabis, and last year, 67% of Portland voters decided to make it legal for adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. This election day, voters in South Portland and Lewiston will consider similar measures, and for some perspective on what it took to get these initiatives before voters, CRN’s Brian Bahouth asked Maine Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project David Boyer to reflect on a grueling political process that began last fall …

 

Our other reports on the votes in South Portland and Lewiston:

9/24/14: Legalization Initiative Stalls in York, Maine.

7/31/14: Maine a good bet for legalization.