Lewiston Bucks Trend In Push To Legalize Marijuana

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 Lewiston – 55 percent to 45 percent – 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.

But advocates say the support from many voters there and from 52 percent of the voters in South Portland succeeded in laying groundwork for a statewide vote on the issue in two years.