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 votes to check on the prospects of Maine becoming the third state in the nation to legalize.
People in South Portland and Lewiston will vote on ballot initiatives that would legalize possession of marijuana. Activists also tried to get a question on the ballot in York but were denied by the town’s Board of Selectmen.
The ballot initiatives are designed to “build support in advance of our 2016 statewide initiative,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. He said the statewide petition drive would likely take place in 2016 so the marijuana referendum would be on the ballot during a high-turnout presidential election year.