Some people were skeptical as to the chances of Question 1 winning in Portland, Maine today. I tried to tell people that it had a great chance of passing, and with 80% of precincts reporting, marijuana legalization is winning 70% to 30%! Question 1 would remove all penalties for possessing up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older within Portland, Maine.
This is a very significant victory (should trends continue, which I feel they will) for Portland, Maine, and beyond. How many other cities will follow? Remember when people said these types of victories could only happen during presidential election years? So much for that!
Let me be the first to congratulate the Portland Green Independent Committee, who was responsible for collecting more than 2,500 signatures to put the proposal before the Maine City Council for a vote. The Maine City Council then voted 6-1 to put it on the ballot so voters could decide the issue. Which from what it looks like, is a resounding YES!
To track the official results, click here.