Legal marijuana will be on the ballot in Maine

Legal marijuana will be on the ballot in Maine

Following a court-ordered review of petition signatures, state officials announced Wednesday that a proposed initiative to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use in Maine has officially qualified for the November ballot.

“This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “We are thrilled to finally start transitioning into the more substantive phase of this campaign. It has been a longer wait than expected, but nothing compared to how long the people of Maine have been waiting to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

The initiative had initially been invalidated by the Secretary of State due to apparent discrepancies in signature notarization, but the campaign filed a lawsuit challenging the decision and a Kennebec County Superior Court judge ruled in their favor earlier this month, finding that the state had incorrectly rejected thousands of signatures.

According to a poll released last week by the Maine People’s Resource Center, 54% of likely voters would approve the initiative if the referendum election were held today. Only 42% said they would oppose it.

Photo via Flickr/Katheirne Hitt.

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