Today: Backers Of Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative To File Lawsuit Challenging Disqualification


portland maine marijuana legalizationBackers of an initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine will file a lawsuit in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday that challenges the Secretary of State’s decision to disqualify the measure from the November ballot.

Campaign leader David Boyer and attorney Scott Anderson will announce the details of the suit at a news conference TODAY at 1 p.m. ET in the office of Portland law firm Verrill Dana (One Portland Square, 9th Floor). Anderson is representing a group of Maine voters who signed the petition in support of the initiative, including Boyer, State Sen. Eric Brakey, and State Rep. Diane Russell.

Last week, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced that a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine did not qualify for the November ballot. 61,123 signatures of registered Maine voters were required, and state officials determined that initiative backers submitted 51,543 valid signatures. It appears that more than 17,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters were not included in the count because the signature of an individual notary did not match the signature the state has on file for that notary.

WHAT: News conference to discuss lawsuit challenging the Maine Secretary of State’s decision to disqualify the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Office of law firm Verrill Dana, 9th Floor, One Portland Square, Portland

WHO: Scott Anderson, partner, Verrill Dana

David Boyer, CRMLA campaign manager

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Source: 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


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  • Simba

    Hopefully the courts uphold the secretary of state’s ruling. this initiative is taking 1000 steps backward to take one step forward. This bill is mostly financially supported by the 5 dispensaries that have maintained their monopoly for years now and the company that hopes to get the seed-sale-tracking contract. it will only allow a maximum of 100 cultivators through its statewide canopy cap.

    then they used a corrupt signature gathering firm run by this guy, Stavros Mendros, who was ousted as chairman of his county gop seat for stealing and has been in the hot seat for questionable signature-gathering campaigns in the past.
    read all about it here:

    this is corruption at its finest. Maine is ready for cannabis liberation, not prohibition renamed as “legalization”

    • familyguy

      If it makes it to ballot the best outcome is to vote for it. Greed is the worst enemy of common sense. Manny folks were lead to believe a better bill was coming the following year but now they have no bill and no organization with the funds collect enough signatures to get a bill on ballot. So unless you push drugs on the black market the best choice is to vote for the bill and try to fix it as time elapses. The Folks in Ohio now have No Bill at all and will not have one for possibly decades.

      • Simba

        here in maine we have a medical system that patients and caregivers have been fighting for years to expand and have been making progress. this bill allows for more to consume but blocks almost everyone from commerce. this is unacceptable and maine is not ohio. we already have several new proposals from people who feel backstabbed by legalize maine campaign which was taken over by out of state big business mpp.

        • familyguy

          I will tell you the same thing I told the dumbasses in Ohio. When all you care about is who makes money, greed will sink any effort to legalize. Another thing is that I would not by any herb that is not inspected by the state to be free of bug, mole pesticides etc. There is no guarantees of anything when buying homegrown weed. I want my weed to come from experts in cultivation and that comply with state regulation including paying state taxes. Pease don’t contact me again, you simple know very little about the process and I tend not to like people that their whole purpose in life is just to get smoke all day. I am a responsible user that never overdoes it, I smoke twice a week and only one or two hits of a joint. It takes me more than two weeks to smoke a joint and I like a buzz but want to still be in control. I not habitual smoker like you. Again do not contact me.

  • Hugh Stoner

    Wait, what? Notary’s name didn’t match sound fishy. #weedthegame

  • jason

    Here’s what I don’t get…I’ve heard listening to reports on this that the campaign has stated that the notary has said that the signature is his/hers..

    Why don’t they setup a press conference..on local TV..and have the notary state 100% the signature is his/hers….and the petitions signature are valid??

    Heck set one up every single day for a week..after the first few the rest of the station swill want to get on board with the story…make some noise damn it!! I’m sick of this BS pussy footing around…

    You gather enough people and start screaming at the statehouse…cameras will come…..

    Why is this so hard…make a LOUD statement…get the public this day and age of viral stories…campaigns should be using that power to affect change just as much as the usual methods…