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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaigns Unite Behind One Effort For 2016

legalize maine marijuanaTwo competing marijuana initiative campaigns in Maine announced Friday they will unite behind one state ballot measure to end marijuana prohibition in 2016.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will stop collecting signatures in support of the initiative it filed in March and spearhead the campaign in support of a similar initiative filed in February by Legalize Maine. Each of the campaigns has collected approximately 40,000 signatures, and they will work together to collect the remaining signatures needed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. They have until January to collect a total of approximately 61,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters.

Statement from David Boyer, campaign manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

“Joining forces is the best step forward, not only for our respective campaigns, but for Maine as a whole. We all agree marijuana prohibition has been a colossal failure and that it must be replaced with a system in which marijuana is legal for adults and regulated like alcohol. We can more effectively accomplish our shared goal by combining our resources and working together instead of on parallel tracks.

“We had some differences of opinion on some of the specifics, but our initiatives were largely similar overall. We would not get behind this measure unless we were 100% confident that it will effectively and responsibly end prohibition in Maine. We’re also confident that the voters will agree.”

Statement from Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine:

“This is a major milestone on the path to ending marijuana prohibition in Maine. Either of these campaigns could be successful on their own, but together we can put our best feet forward in 2016. The voters are ready to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy, and we’re committed to working with everyone who wants to help them do it.

“Both campaigns have done a great job of educating voters, organizing volunteers, and raising funds, and now we can ramp up those efforts even more. David and MPP have made some major strides here this past couple years, and they clearly share our commitment to doing what is best for the people of Maine. We’re looking forward to working with them to cross the finish line next year.”

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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMaine.org.

  • skoallio

    You have no answer to Project SAM that could secure majority support for legalization. They have a chapter in Maine and are heavily invested in that state. Everyone who hears their message immediately turns against legalization. Just like Jimmy Carter and just like all those 5 stars reviews on amazon for Kevin Sabets book. I hear all the time of “i used to support legalization but you (Project Sam) won me over cause I hate big tobacco”.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      What does big tobacco (400,000 deaths a year) have to do with cannabis (virtually zero deaths, and many lives saved by medicinal use)? Cannabis is needed as a safe substitute for tobacco, alcohol, and prescription opiates. You can worry about project SCAM all you want.

      • skoallio

        You dont watch his videos do you? Your response has an answer which will make you look retarded.

        The same argument of no one ever died from marijuana could be said for tobacco since your comparing overdose deaths. Marijuana causes mental illness, tobacco doesnt. Marijuana causes car crashes, tobacco doesnt. Marijuana causes suicides tobacco doesnt. Marijuana causes reductions in IQ, tobacco doesnt. Marijuana combines the worst aspect of tobacco (smoking) with the worst aspect of alcohol (intoxication).

        • saynotohypocrisy

          You’re not serious enough to respond to.

        • IJR

          Marijuana does not cause mental illness dumb dumb. You were not born racist, but you were born stupid.

          The NHTSA disagrees with you about car crashes. Do some research dumb dumb. Marijuana does not reduce IQ. For you it was defective DNA from idiot parents that made you stupid.

          Comparing marijuana use to tobacco and alcohol is beyond stupid. But I am not sure why a dumb racist like you would understand anyway.

    • IJR

      You are wildly stupid and a racist. Don’t have children moron.