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.


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

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 by a vote of 6,326 to 5,755. Some 374 ballots were left blank, according to results filed with the BDN.

Unofficial results from Lewiston indicate voters there have rejected the legalization ordinance by an even healthier margin, more than 1,300 votes: 7,366 against the ordinance, 6,044 in support of it.

Representatives of the Maine branch of the national Marijuana Policy Project have made it clear their endgame is a 2016 statewide legalization vote.


South Portland Council Opposes Marijuana Legalization

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, and is a way for city councilors to make a statement about the issue.

According to South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert, city leaders want to try and send the right message to youth about marijuana.