Lewiston Bucks Trend In Push To Legalize Marijuana

The decisive “No” vote in Lewiston is seen by opponents as a sign that legalization is not inevitable in Maine, despite the state being identified as fertile ground for the movement.

MAINE:  Lewiston’s rejection of a marijuana legalization ordinance set the city apart on an Election Day that otherwise appeared to show growing momentum for legalizing pot around the country. Not only did South Portland voters support legalization Tuesday, but so did voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.  The decisive “No” vote in Read the full article…

South Portland Votes To Legalize Pot For Those Over 21; Lewiston Rejects Legal Pot

South Portland voters supported the marijuana legalization ordinance while Lewiston rejects legalization.

MAINE:  In a pair of municipal votes likely to foreshadow a statewide referendum in two years, Lewiston and South Portland residents decided at the polls Tuesday whether to legalize recreational marijuana for residents over 21 in those cities. Unofficial results from South Portland indicate voters there have supported the legalization ordinance by a healthy margin. The ordinance was enacted Read the full article…

Maine Marijuana Votes Foreshadow Statewide Push

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has written a new report providing a comprehensive overview of best practices for taxing marijuana and the potential impact these taxes could have on state and local revenue.

MAINE:  Maine might soon be going to pot. Ballot questions about the legalization of marijuana in two Maine cities are a run-up to a statewide legalization drive in 2016, pro-marijuana activists say. They hope success in Tuesday’s election is a bellwether for a statewide vote to legalize the drug. Pro-pot activists are also following the Read the full article…

Legalization Battles: Alcohol Defines The Politics Of Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana in Colorado in 2012 bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

MAINE:  When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol. Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana-related elections throughout the country, Read the full article…

Marijuana Activists To Deliver Petitions In York, Maine

A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the town of York, Maine has collected more than enough signatures to get the measure on November's ballot.

MAINE:  A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults is ready to submit its petitions to the town of York. Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 900 signatures. That’s far more than the 641 valid signatures of registered town voters needed to qualify for the ballot. Marijuana activists began Read the full article…

Legalizing Pot Closer To The Ballot In Lewiston, Maine

Citizens for a Safer Maine submitted more than 1,250 signatures at City Hall, well beyond the 859 needed to qualify for the November 4th ballot.

MAINE:  Marijuana advocates took a major step forward in getting the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older on the November ballot in Lewiston. Citizens for a Safer Maine submitted more than 1,250 signatures at City Hall Friday. That number is well beyond the 859 needed to qualify for the Read the full article…

South Portland Council Opposes Marijuana Legalization

South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

MAINE: Portland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize recreational use of marijuana last November, but city councilors in a neighboring community say they don’t want the drug to be legalized there. South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana. The resolution is non-binding, Read the full article…

Nurse Practitioners Added To List Of Those Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana

The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday.

MAINE:  The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members Read the full article…

Legalizing Marijuana Could Fund Gov. LePage’s Anti-Drug Bill

ME Gov Paul LePage: Marijuana a "Gateway Drug"

MAINE: Lawmakers on Wednesday grappled with issues surrounding Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would beef up enforcement of illegal drugs, but a proposal that would pair the issue with legalizing marijuana attracted the most discussion. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee did not make any decisions on Wednesday, saying the bill would be discussed in Read the full article…

Maine Democrat Tries to Make Marijuana And NSA Wedge Issues

Bellows is relying on wedge issues to form, as she tells TIME, an “unusual coalition of support” around civil liberties, including legalizing marijuana.

MAINE:  Susan Collins is the only Republican Senator facing re-election in a state carried by Obama in 2012. Yet her Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows, a former Maine American Civil Liberties Union director, has received little outside financial funding or national political guidance.