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The Next States to Legalize Marijuana

November 1st

DENVER, CO — After last weekend’s International Drug Reform Conference in Denver, a clear picture is emerging of which states are likely to be the first to follow Colorado and Washington down the path of marijuana legalization. And while some recent polls suggest the American public is getting ahead of even the leading marijuana reform honchos, well-laid […]

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Corporate Interests in Maine Sink 2014 Marijuana Legalization Effort

October 31st

AUGUSTA, ME — As we mentioned here previously, NORML has worked with Representative Diane Russell in Maine to draft and prepare for introduction a measure that would have legalized and regulated the adult use of marijuana in the state. The proposed legislation would have legalized the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and […]

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Maine: Portland May Legalize Marijuana Possession Next Week

October 30th

PORTLAND, ME — Next Tuesday, November 5th, voters in Portland, Maine will decide whether or not to legalize the personal possession of marijuana in the city. The initiative, Question 1, would remove all criminal and civil penalties for adults possessing up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. This means no arrest, no criminal record, no citation, […]

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Nation Eyes Maine as Portland to Vote on Marijuana Legalization

October 21st

PORTLAND, ME — Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis. Voters in Portland are being asked whether they want to make it legal for adults 21 and […]

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Maine: Marijuana Legalization Ads Coming to Portland METRO

October 2nd

PORTLAND — Supporters of Question 1, the ballot initiative to remove penalties for adult marijuana possession in Portland, are launching a series of ads on METRO buses and bus shelters that highlight the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol. The Marijuana Policy Project, which purchased the ads, will launch the ad campaign Wednesday in […]

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Maine: Portland Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November

July 16th

PORTLAND, ME — Voters in Portland will decide in November if they want to legalize marijuana possession by adults in Maine’s largest city following a public hearing held Monday evening in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow those 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Citizens for a Safer Portland, a coalition of organizations that include the Portland Green Independent Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, the Libertarian Party of Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project, collected nearly double the 1,500 signatures that were required to place the matter before the City Council.

Following Monday’s hearing, the City Council had three choices: adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

The city council voted 5-1 to send the proposed ordinance to the citywide ballot on November 5 to be decided by the voters.  City Councilor David Marshal, a proponent of marijuana legalization, was the lone vote in favor of adopting the ordinance immediately.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transp. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine: Public Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Tonight in Portland

July 15th

PORTLAND, ME — A public hearing will be held Monday night by the Portland City Council to discuss legalizing the possession of marijuana by adults within the city.

The hearing is in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

It’s unclear what effect the ordinance would have as it would contradict both s. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine Medical Cannabis Program Expanded to Include PTSD, Other Debilitating Conditions

July 4th

AUGUSTA, ME – Patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, Crohn’s disease, and other debilitating disorders will soon be eligible for cannabis therapy under legislation approved last week absent the Governor’s signature.

The new law expands the list of qualifying conditions for which a Maine physician may legally recommend cannabis to include “post-traumatic stress disorder,” “inflammatory bowel disease” (such as Crohn’s and/or ulcerative colitis), and “dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms” (such as Parkinson’s disease and/or Huntington’s disease). It is the second time that Maine legislators have acted to expand the pool of patients who may have access to medicinal cannabis.

The law takes effect in approximately 90 days.

Four states — Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, and Oregon — explicitly allow for the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Clinical trial data published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry theorized that cannabinoid-based therapies would likely comprise. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine Adopts Law Allowing Medical Marijuana for PTSD

June 26th

AUGUSTA, ME – Maine residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will soon be allowed to treat their symptoms with medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. A bill adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, LD 1062, became law Tuesday without the governor’s signature.

A similar measure was signed into law earlier this month in Oregon, and medical marijuana is currently allowed in the treatment of PTSD in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Mexico.

“There is mounting evidence demonstrating the benefits of medical marijuana for individuals suffering from PTSD,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Maine lawmakers should be commended for taking action to ensure veterans and others living with PTSD are able to use medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms and live healthy and productive lives. They deserve nothing less.

“A growing number of states are beginning to consider allowing the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD,” Boyer said. We hope they will move forward and follow the example that has been set. . . . . READ MORE

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ME: Portland City Council to Hold Marijuana Legalization Hearings July 15

June 18th

PORTLAND, ME — The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana by adults.

The hearing will be held Monday, July 15 in response to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

It’s unclear what effect the ordinance would have as it would contradict both state and federal law, although the possession of up to 2.5 ounces has been decriminal. . . . . READ MORE

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