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South Portland, Maine To Vote On Marijuana Legalization

marijuana election 2014Last November voters in Portland, Maine voted to legalize marijuana. Portland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana. The ordinance passed by a landslide, winning roughly 67% of the vote last November. It appears that another city in Maine might legalize marijuana as well. Per WCSH6:

South Portland is poised to become the next Maine community to vote on the recreational use of marijuana.

On Monday night, city councilors voted unanimously in favor of scheduling a second reading of a measure to legalize marijuana, scheduled for August 18. The group Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than enough signatures from South Portland residents to put the issue in front of the city.

If approved, the measure would make it legal to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Consuming marijuana in public, cultivating marijuana, selling marijuana, and consuming marijuana in public would all remain illegal. How the City of South Portland would react to such a vote will have to wait to be seen. I’d expect police to still enforce state law, but maybe they will be sensible. A victory in South Portland would help the chances of Maine’s Legislature legalizing marijuana during the next session, or of an initiative victory in 2016, both of which have great chances of happening in my opinion.

  • Ron

    If you can’t cultivate it and it can’t be sold, then how the F are you supposed to get it. Sounds dubious to me.

    • Sarijuana

      It does seem strange, like a cart before the horse. This seems very odd, but I guess we should take what we can get. They could have just decriminalized it and put in a civil fine. At least they could get some revenue from that. But they didn’t. Too much trouble to do that? This seems a bit phishy.