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Portland Lawmaker Deciding Vote In Defeating Maine Legalization Bill

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portland maine marijuana legalizationBy Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

Yesterday morning, the Maine Legislative Council voted 5-5 on whether or not to allow Rep. Diane Russell’s marijuana legalization to be introduced.

A tie vote means the motion has failed and the legislation will NOT be introduced this session. Included in the ranks of those voting “No” was Senate President Justin Alfond, who represents Portland…a city that just overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana.

Mainers, please take a moment of your time today to contact your lawmakers at the phone numbers below and tell them:

“I am extremely disappointed with the Legislative Council’s vote this morning on Rep. Diane Russell’s marijuana regulation bill. This issue isn’t just important to Rep. Russell, but to all of us who live in the state. This legislation would have fostered an important discussion on marijuana legalization and laid out a framework for regulation that benefited the people of Maine. The vote this morning is a disservice to the state and the residents these officials are supposed to be representing.”

Please call: Maine Senate President Justin Alfond: (207) 287-1500 and Maine Speaker of the House: (207) 287-1300 to voice your concerns.

The bill would have allowed anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, cultivate up to 6 plants, and purchase marijuana from established retail outlets. It also contained key provisions in place that ensure individuals with several years residency in Maine and experience as a current medical marijuana dispensaries or caregiver are given priority on business licenses, explicitly leaves the current medical marijuana law in place for patients, and directs tax revenue to help low income patients be able to afford their medicine.

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  • nygratefulfred

    hope they vote this moron who disregards the will of the people he represents out on his stupid ass!

  • Pan Piper

    Mr. Alfond… get your resume up to date. you’re going to be needing it very shortly.

  • Jerry Bisbo

    Sniff,sniff, I smell a money taking rat on this one folks.

  • Fiend

    Now he needs to be voted out of his office to send a message to the politicians.

  • fester09

    Judging by how that vote for legalization went down in Portland, Sen. Alfond just voted himself out of office with this one.

  • Uncle Arthur

    Justin Alford had the historic chance to be a champ. Instead he chose to be a chump.