Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine officials say a pro-marijuana group can begin collecting signatures in support of a statewide referendum supporting legalization.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project will ask residents if the question of legalization should be on the ballot in 2016.

A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of the Secretary of State says the state signed off on the group's petition on Wednesday. She says the state will post information about the initiative online by Thursday at the latest.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine state officials say a pro-marijuana group can collect signatures to try to get a question about legalization of the drug on the ballot in November 2016.

Legalize Maine wants recreational use of marijuana to be legal in the state. The group asked state officials to approve its petition, and the Department of State signed off on it on Tuesday morning. A spokeswoman for the department says the group received the finalized petition on Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The group that launched successful efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado and Alaska is officially taking steps to do the same in Maine.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a second proposal to legalize recreational marijuana are moving closer to their goal of putting a citizens' initiative before Maine voters in 2016.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they are ready to file their proposal for a ballot initiative.

The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it's an effort of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Campaign leader and Marijuana Policy Project Maine Political Director David Boyer of Falmouth says the group will submit its initiative on Tuesday.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The former spokesman for the Maine Medical Caregivers Association is launching a statewide campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. But Paul T. McCarrier's new group expects to face some competition from the Washington D.C,.-based Marijuana Policy Project, which has backed legalization efforts in other states.

 

YORK, Maine -Maine pro-marijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November's ballot.

Supporters of the referendum item filed a lawsuit in York County Superior Court on Wednesday. If passed the referendum would make it legal for people age 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in the town of York. Similar ballot questions are set for Lewiston and South Portland.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - South Portland city councilors voted unanimously Monday night to put a measure on the ballot that would make recreational marijuana possession legal for adults in city limits. Similar questions are expected to appear on ballots in Lewiston and York this November. But the move is meeting resistance from medical marijuana caregivers in Maine, who are concerned that a broader plan to tax and regulate recreational pot statewide will affect their own livelihoods.

 

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LEWISTON, Maine - Activists seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Lewiston delivered a final batch of signatures that they say should ensure that the issue will be on the fall ballot. The Lewiston effort is the latest of several local marijuana initiatives in Maine this year.  

 

As members of the Marijuana Policy Project delivered the last of what they say is over 1,200 to Lewiston City Hall, the groups political director, David Boyer, explained to reporters what the initiative would, and wouldn't, do.

A South Portland citizen initiative aimed at making recreational marijuana possession legal for adults has qualified for the November ballot.  That's according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group which lobbies for reforming marijuana laws.  
 
"Voters were very receptive during the signature drive," says MPP Political Director David Boyer. "Most people agree law enforcement officials have more important things to do than punish adults for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol."