Maine Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana 
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Maine Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on May 03, 2016 at 07:00:52 PT
By Phillip Smith, Alternet
Source: AlterNet
Maine -- Marijuana legalization will be on the Maine ballot in November. The final obstacle to a popular vote was removed last Friday, when state legislators punted on their chance to act on the citizen legalization initiative, opting instead to send the question to the voters instead.Earlier, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which organized the state's legalization initiative had to go to the courts to force recalcitrant state officials to recognize the validity of thousands of challenged voter petition signatures. The campaign had handed in roughly 100,000 signatures and only needed 61,000 valid voter signatures.
But Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap threw out nearly half of the signatures for various reasons, including some 17,000 that he rejected because he said the notary's signature on the petition forms did not match his signature on file. The campaign appealed to the courts, and three weeks ago, a state court ordered Dunlap to review the signatures again.Last Wednesday, Dunlap certified an additional 11,305 signatures, which was enough to put the initiative over the top. That was followed by the legislative votes last Friday, which cleared the way for voters to make the call themselves in November.The legalization initiative is likely to win. The most recent poll has support for legalization at 54%, and voters in Portland, the state's largest city, and South Portland have already approved local initiatives to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot.Maine now joins Massachusetts and Nevada as states where marijuana legalization is on the ballot this fall. At least two other states, Arizona and California, should also see legalization initiatives qualify for the fall ballot, but those campaigns are still in the signature gathering phase. There is an outside chance that Michigan could qualify an initiative this year, too.Meanwhile, the Vermont House is today grappling with a legalization bill. That bill has already passed the Senate, but the House has been divided, and it is not at all clear that the bill will survive the session. The Vermont bill is the best chance this year for marijuana to be legalized by a state legislature.No state has yet legalized marijuana through the legislature. All four legalization states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington, DC, legalized marijuana through the initiative process. By year's end, there should be a couple more legalization states and possibly as many as five, but again, it will be the voters, not the politicians, leading the way. Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.Source: AlterNet (US)Author: Phillip Smith, AlterNetPublished: May 2, 2016Copyright: 2016 Independent Media InstituteContact: letters Website: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on May 05, 2016 at 07:34:53 PT:
They don't give up!
It would appear that Prohibitionist LOWLIFES won't give in for nothing. They have LOST, why don't they admit it to themselves?
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 03, 2016 at 11:07:26 PT
here we go
The crooked secretary of state's little scam got busted by some judges! 10% tax rate in Maine, Mass. will be 10% plus 2% local. Hopefully will reset the bar on the punitively high tax rates out West. Maine will have the most permissive home growing law.  Can't wait till November!
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