Pot-Legalization Backers Fund Question 5 Effort
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Pot-Legalization Backers Fund Question 5 Effort
Posted by CN Staff on October 14, 2009 at 06:36:31 PT
By Susan M. Cover, Staff Writer
Source: Morning Sentinel
Augusta, Maine --  A New York group that wants to end marijuana prohibition is the only major contributor to Question 5, which seeks to make changes to Maine's medical marijuana law.The Drug Policy Alliance of New York has contributed $30,000 to Maine Citizens for Patients Rights, a Lewiston-based political action committee that supports passage of Question 5 on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The citizen initiative seeks to add to the number of conditions for which physicians can recommend the use of medical marijuana, and would allow the creation of nonprofit dispensaries to serve as distribution centers. Maine voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1999.Campaign finance reports released this week show the policy alliance contributed $10,000 in the most recent reporting period. Most of the money spent so far has been for expenses incurred by Jonathan Leavitt, who is director of the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative.The campaign has spent $1,500 on radio advertisements and no money on television through Sept. 30, the end of the latest report filing period. The campaign still has nearly $20,000 in cash.Leavitt said he's comfortable the campaign will have what it needs to get out the vote in favor of Question 5. With some cash on hand, he said, they will be able to purchase television ads if needed."We feel like we've done really well with what we've got," he said.Leavitt said the Drug Policy Alliance is one of three groups nationwide that works on medical marijuana issues. Among the goals of the group is to "eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana, except those involving distribution of drugs to children" and to "make marijuana legally accessible for medical purposes," according to its Web site.No opposition groups have registered with the state ethics commission to raise or spend money on the campaign. Source: Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME)Author: Susan M. Cover, Staff WriterPublished: October 14, 2009Copyright: 2009 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.Contact: http://www.morningsentinel.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on October 14, 2009 at 10:14:09 PT
Pot legalization backers!!!!
no worries about this attack piece. as I recall in 1999 every single major media outlet, elected official, state medical organization, etc, was against the med MJ referendum and it set a record for the highest percentage ever at the time, 62% approval.Maine has become a lot more liberal in the last 10 years, a few negative headlines like this won't do anything.
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