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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marijuana legalization bill gains sponsors


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Marijuana legalization bill gains sponsors


Proponents of marijuana legalization say they have "traction" in Maine, as a Portland legislator's bill to allow recreational use of marijuana awaits a hearing in committee.
Pressure is coming to bear, although not everyone favors the state legislation.
"Portland's efforts are going to push it to the state level," said Charles Wynott, a marijuana-legalization advocate, referring to a Portland Green Party initiative to legalize marijuana in the city.
Wynott, the founder and executive director for one of Maine's oldest AIDS service organizations, the nonprofit Piefer Patients Alliance, said it's only a matter of time.
"We're in a good predicament right now, we're in a good space," he said. "If it doesn't pass this year, we've done one more step toward it. Every year we move one step closer."
Thirty-five state lawmakers are listed as co-sponsors of LD 1229, an"Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana," sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland.  The final co-sponsor list includes Democrats, Republicans, an independent and the state representatives of the Penobscot Nation and the Houlton Band of Maliseets, Russell announced in a press release. The bill was referred Tuesday to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
The bill would decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, according to the bill summary, and limit personal use to 2.5 ounces and six plants. The proposed law would still prohibit smoking marijuana in public places.
Maine residents will still have the final say on whether to allow the decriminalization of marijuana through a citizen referendum. If state lawmakers approve the bill this session, it will be referred to voters in November, Russell noted.
"We all recognize this issue is coming to Maine," said Russell in a press release. "It is clear from the strong number of co-sponsors that the Legislature is ready to take this issue seriously and to set up a robust infrastructure to properly regulate and tax marijuana — before the genie gets out of the bottle. The people of Maine would then be able to decide for themselves at the ballot box whether they want to legalize marijuana."
In 2009, only 39 members of the Maine House voted in support for similar legislation, and the Senate did not vote, Russell noted.
At 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee will hear LD 525, "An Act to Promote Industrial Hemp," sponsored by Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, and co-sponsored by Russell and several other legislators.
Harvell said his bill does not touch on marijuana legalization, but he acknowledged a new crop of legislators, many of whom with a libertarian bent, seem more amenable to legalization.
"My bill is just dealing with industrial hemp," Harvell said. "My opinion on marijuana as well is I tend to favor legalization, when it comes to marijuana there's no way you can win the war (on drugs) the way we're fighting it."
Pointing to "more libertarian thinking in Augusta," Harvell said marijuana legalization is attractive to more people "who are beginning to have real concerns about how this is going. ... With me, it's a libertarian pragmatism."
As for promotion of industrial hemp, Harvell said he was approached to sponsor the legislation, which seeks to offer hemp as an alternative fiber source.
The legislative summary states: "This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant's fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government."
Harvell said, "I think with industrial hemp, you're seeing some movement here and across the country."
As a fiber source, Harvell said hemp has been unfairly stigmatized.
"Its usages are actually quite large," he said. "It got caught up, it's a cousin crop to marijuana, so when we went to war with one we went to war with the other."
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is among those promoting hemp. He released a statement Wednesday applauding passage of a Kentucky bill that regulates industrial hemp, and promised to continue to push for a federal waiver from laws restricting its use.
"Kentucky was one of the largest exporters of industrial hemp prior to WW2. It can be a great cash crop once again," he said.
Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-District 1, has joined the effort to end marijuana prohibition and start regulating marijuana like alcohol at the federal level, signing on to co-sponsor H.R. 499, the "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013."
David Boyer, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said all of these developments point to momentum on the side of legalization proponents, but also cautioned that Russell's bill isn't a sure thing.
"It could go either way," he acknowledged.
Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, is a co-sponsor, which may help the bill's chances, he said.
"At all levels, we have traction," Boyer said.
Wynott, however, acknowledged dissent among some in the medical marijuana field.
One of those critics is Paul McCarrier, legislative liaison for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, the state's trade association representing caregivers and patients. He said Russell's bill would hurt Mainers.

"We're concerned because this bill does not protect the individual to be able to cultivate on their own and so it will force them to buy their plants and seeds from out-of-state corporate interests. This bill is so skewed toward the out-of-state dispensary model," he said.
"What we need is a bill by Mainers for Mainers, and this is not it," McCarrier said.
In the next two weeks, McCarrier said he expects a legislative hearing on Russell's bill,
While focused on the medical marijuana model, McCarrier said he will stay busy informing legislators on the "deathly flaws in this bill."
Wynott said it's unclear how Russell's bill will fare, but said, "We're going to push hard on it."
Successful legalization votes in the West prove marijuana legalization is growing more mainstream, he said.
"Since Washington and Oregon started their campaigns, now that they passed it, the world isn't coming to an end," Wynott said.
"Once Portland does it, being the largest city in the state, the state will have to look at it," he said.
"I think every year we need to present it just to see how it goes. One year it's going to happen," Wynott said.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Greens, ACLU push to legalize marijuana in Portland


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Greens, ACLU push to legalize marijuana in Portland


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Zachary Heiden of the Maine ACLU, left, Tom MacMillan of the Portland Green Independent Committee, and David Boyer, right, of the Maine Marijuana Policy Center, look on while City Councilor David Marshall explains a citizens initiative that would legalize recreational use of marijuana for Portland adults at a March 21 Portland City Hall press conference.


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At a press conference March 21 in Portland, speakers argued marijuana should be legalized because its effects are significantly less harmful than alcohol.

PORTLAND — Several hundred people have signed a petition to legalize recreational use of marijuana for city residents over the age of 21, according to petition sponsors.
The Portland Chapter of the Maine Green Independent Committee began circulating the petition for a citizen's initiative last week; 1,500 signatures are required to put the question on the November ballot.
“We expect to turn in about 3,000 (signatures) and have already collected several hundred in just the first few days,” Tom MacMillan, chairman of the Portland Greens, said at a City Hall press conference March 21. “Thus far, Portland residents have excitedly rushed to sign petitions despite cold, snowy weather, and we think this is a sign of what is to come.”
MacMillan said the committee supports marijuana legalization for adults over the age of 21 because current policies have negative impacts on those who use marijuana and on city and state government.
“Our city and state are wasting money going after marijuana users while real problems are happening,” MacMillan said. “This policy will remove penalties for responsible adults because it has been proven again and again to be safer than alcohol.”
City Councilor David Marshall agreed, quoting President Jimmy Carter's statement that penalties for possession of a drug shouldn't be more damaging than the drug itself.
“Marijuana laws nationally have put people in positions where they are being called criminals,” Marshall said. “We feel that marijuana should be treated the same way as alcohol because marijuana is safer than alcohol. We should remove criminal penalties and stop criminalizing people for possessing a small amount of marijuana or paraphernalia or recreating in their own private spaces.”
Marshall said decriminalizing marijuana should reduce usage, as it has done in countries such as Denmark and states like California.
Zachary Heiden, legal director for the ACLU, said the organization's support for marijuana legalization is grounded in the concern over the “failed war on drugs.” He said the battle over drug use in the United States has lasted 42 years, spent trillions of taxpayer dollars and had little to no effect on the supply or demand for drugs.
“Jailing individuals who use marijuana recreationally makes no sense from a civil liberties perspective, from a civil rights perspective or from a fiscal perspective,” Heiden said.
Heiden also said that although marijuana use is still illegal at the state and federal level, enforcement of a new law in Portland could be left up to the Portland Police Department.
“For the most part, the federal government has allowed the states to explore different ways of enforcing drug enforcement and have not come in to clamp down on either medical marijuana or the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use," he said. "We hope that trend will continue (in Portland).”


Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter@croninamber.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Petition seeks to legalize pot in Portland, Maine


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Petition seeks to legalize pot in Portland, Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A petition drive has been launched in Maine's largest city calling for an ordinance to legalize possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana for people 21 and older.
    
The Portland Green Party said Thursday that it has filed a petition and will be coordinating a signature drive for the initiative. The effort is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project.
    
If supporters collect 1,500 valid signatures, residents could vote on the proposal in November's election.
    
On the state level, Rep. Diane Russell of Portland is planning to introduce a bill to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana statewide.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Push To Legalize Marijuana In Portland Continues

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Push To Legalize Marijuana In Portland Continues
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Portland is on. Right now volunteers are going door to door trying to get enough signatures to get measure on the November ballot. 

A similar move failed two years ago, but this time around supporters say they've got the support they need. A poll from Quinnipiac University backs that up. More than half of all Americans polled say they support the idea of legalization. In fact, two states have already legalized small amounts of pot: Coloarado and Washington state.

Legalizing marijuana is a topic of debate that's lighting up here in the city of Portland. The Portland green independent committee spear headed the move to put the issue to voters in the November election. To do that, they need at least 1,500 signatures on a petition.

City councilor David Marshall is one of those collecting signatures on the petition. Supporters of the proposal say it’s similar to ones that were already passed in states like Washington and Colorado.

We went to Portland's Police Department to talk to the chief, he did not get back to us.

Right now marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes and illegal otherwise. Supporters say decriminalizing marijuana will free up law enforcement resources, allowing them to focus on more dangerous crimes and criminals.

The Fight To Legalize Marijuana In Portland Continues


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The Fight To Legalize Marijuana In Portland Continues
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Thursday, pro-pot groups met at city hall to officially announce a citywide petition to legalize the drug, and to tout the positives of it.

This is an uphill battle for proponents of legalizing marijuana, but a battle they certainly think they can win. Thursday, several pro-pot groups made their argument as to why it should be legal, but the idea is drawing mixed reaction from those around the city.

Tom Macmillan of Portland Green Independent Committee says, "Marijuana legalization is an idea who's time has come."

The push for legalizing pot in Portland is moving forward. "Our city and state are wasting money going after marijuana users while real problems are ignored," says Macmillan.

The Portland Green Independent Committee, backed by the support of the ACLU and a city councilman, continued with efforts to make the possession of 2.5 ounces of the  drug legal in city limits.

On Thursday at city hall, they promoted a petition that will be circulating around the city.

David Marshall of Portland city council says "What this ordinance will basically do is take the state's decriminalization law one step further. Instead of it being a penalty for someone for possession a small amount of marijuana and getting a fine and getting charged with a crime, it would no longer be a crime."

The groups say right now they have several hundred signatures for a petition they filed earlier this month, they need 1,500 in order to push the idea forward.

At their news conference Thursday, they also touted the positives of pot...comparing it to alcohol as "not addictive" and pushing that it would only be legal for people 21 and older, and not in public places. "This ordinance will remove penalties for responsible adults using marijuana because it has been proven again and again to be safer than alcohol,” says Macmillan.

The idea, however, is drawing mixed reaction around the city. "I think any mood altering substance is not okay. I have to go back to some of the other theorists who say mood altering is, we don't have to mood alter," says Evie Hall of Portland.

Kathleen Parr of Falmouth says "I think the war on drugs is a waste of money. We regulate alcohol, there's no reason why we can't regulate and tax marijuana."

The groups have until May 30th to collect all of their signatures. They expect to meet their deadline. There's a similar bill in the legislature right now, that would regulate marijuana.

This week, congresswoman Chellie Pingrie announced she'll help back that bill.

Advocates roll out initiative to legalize marijuana use in Portland


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Advocates roll out initiative to legalize marijuana use in Portland

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Portland called on the city's residents to take action and follow the lead of Colorado and Washington to approve decriminalization measures.3-22-green-party-1
Representatives from the Portland Green Independent Committee announced the launch of a petition drive that aims to put a referendum on the ballot to legalize marijuana use in Portland. The ordinance the group hopes to enact would decriminalize the use and possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and accessory paraphernalia for adults who are 21 years or older.
"Portland residents will not wait for the state and federal governments to take action," said Tom MacMillan, chairman of the Portland Green Independent Committee.
The speakers — which included City Councilor David Marshall, David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project and ACLU of Maine Legal Director Zachary Heiden — highlighted that marijuana is safer than alcohol yet is the substance that's illegal.
"No one dies from marijuana use but many have died from alcohol," MacMillan said.
Boyer, the Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said marijuana is safer for consumers and the community, less harmful and addictive and not a contributor to violent and reckless behavior.
"... It is irrational to punish adults who use a substance that's safer than alcohol," he said, and law enforcement officials should focus on dealing with violent criminals instead of non-violent, recreational marijuana users.
Whether or not Portland voters opt to pass the measure, Boyer said, it's time to have a discussion about legalization.
Marshall said it's a misconception that legalizing marijuana will increase the number of people who use it.
"Keeping marijuana illegal actually sensationalizes it," he said, and leads more people to trying it.
Marshall said in Holland they've recorded 20 percent of adults who have tried marijuana and in the United States, that number is about 43 percent. Since the passage of medical marijuana in California, the number of teenagers trying the drug has declined, he said, and that trend is starting to be seen in Maine.
Heiden, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said the ACLU's support of the decriminalization of marijuana is based in the failed war on drugs that has cost more than a trillion dollars and had little deterrent effect on drug use. He said the war on drugs has primarily fueled the country's incarceration rate, with more than 660,000 being arrested for marijuana use in 2011.
Jailing people who use marijuana recreationally makes no sense, Heiden said.
"The time is now to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and change our marijuana laws," Heiden said.
The Portland referendum initiative comes on the heels of Rep. Diane Russell's bill in the Maine Legislature that would create the taxation and regulatory structure around the decriminalization of marijuana. Russell's bill would leave it up to Maine voters to make the final decision on the legalization of marijuana through a state-wide referendum.
"We're not all that confident that the Legislature is to pass that bill," Marshall said. "... Our goal is to get a question on the ballot and advance the issue."
Marshall said he's confident that if the question gets on the November ballot, it will pass. He said it will then be critical for the Legislature to create the appropriate regulatory framework.
Marshall said the Portland referendum could work in concert with Russell's bill since the city lacks the authority to create a regulatory and taxation system. He said it's possible that the state-wide law could go to referendum before the initiative in Portland and make the effort moot.
The petitions will be delivered to the city clerk on May 30, according to MacMillan, and the goal is to collect more than 3,000 signatures, even though only 1,500 are required.

Pingree co-sponsoring bill to legalize marijuana nationwide


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PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine is one of 13 co-sponsors of a bill that supporters say would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level.
News of the proposed legislation came on the same day that a petition drive seeking to legalize pot possession began in Portland, the largest city in Pingree’s home state. The effort to decriminalize marijuana at a federal level also comes as state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is pursuing a bill in Augusta to do so at the state level.
Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, said Thursday afternoon his group remains adamantly against the legalization of marijuana at any level.
Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District, is currently the only member of Congress from New England to sign on in support of H.R. 499, titled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. The only Republican co-sponsor is U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, the bill would establish a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol at the federal level, placing the drug under the jurisdiction of a renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.
Currently, regulation of pot as an illegal substance is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Congresswoman Pingree supports the bill because it is patterned after successful bills in Washington and Colorado, and she feels it’s a common-sense approach to regulation at the federal level,” Willy Ritch, a spokesman for Pingree’s office, told the BDN on Thursday afternoon.
The proposed legislation, which was introduced by Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis, would likely clear up what has become legal gray area in enforcement of marijuana laws across the country. While the substance is still outlawed by the federal government, 18 states — including Maine — have legalized its use as a doctor-prescribed medical treatment. At least two other states, Washington and Polis’ home state of Colorado, have passed laws decriminalizing its recreational use.
In Maine, efforts are under way to make possession of 2.5 ounces or less of the drug legal, first through a citywide petition in Portland and then through state legislation.
“We need the federal government to lower marijuana on the scheduled drug list and essentially treat it like alcohol,” said Portland City Councilor David Marshall, who attended the city petition drive launch Thursday morning. “We should have federal licenses for production and distribution.”
While federal agents have largely allowed state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries operate without intervention, discrepancies between federal, state and sometimes local laws on the issue of pot legality have been a subject of nationwide debate.
“It makes no sense to punish individuals for using a substance less harmful than alcohol,” David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement Thursday. “Instead, we should allow adults to use marijuana legally while regulating the production and sale of the substance. We will not only better control production and sales, but we will also create new jobs and generate tax revenue.”
Marshall echoed those comments Thursday afternoon, saying the end of the prohibition of marijuana could be similar to the end of the prohibition of alcohol in 1933 after 13 years in which spirits were disallowed and became the focus of black market trade and organized crime.
“The alcohol industry has become manageable. We’ve been able to reduce the amount of alcohol being consumed by teenagers and we’ve been able to hold people responsible for their actions, and that’s what we’d want to do with marijuana,” Marshall said. “Marijuana is undoubtedly America’s No. 1 cash crop, and all that [money is] going untaxed and it’s going to people who are not running legitimate businesses in the eyes of the law.”
Some researchers have estimated the U.S. marijuana market to be valued at as much as $100 billion annually, about the same as the market for brewed beverages.
But Schwartz argued that the legalization of alcohol has not come without repercussions over the decades, and said it’s bad logic to add more legal drugs to the landscape because another legal substance is arguably more harmful. He also reiterated concerns that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that people often use while working their way up to more dangerous illegal drugs.
“We’re opposed to legalizing it. It causes other problems. We don’t support it,” Schwartz said. “They throw a lot of money at alcohol problems and substance abuse problems, and this would only add to it.”

Petition asks for Portland ordinance to legalize pot

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A bill in front of the legislature would make Maine the third state to legalize marijuana, but some people in Portland don't want to wait on action from Augusta to make the drug legal in city limits.
A petition asks for the Portland City Council to establish an ordinance that would allow people 21 and older to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana or less for recreational use.
The ordinance would prohibit marijuana use in public places.
Representatives from Portland's Green Party, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the ACLU of Maine held a press conference to announce support for the ordiance Thursday.
According to Tom MacMillan, Portland Green Party Chair, the petition has more than 200 signatures.
They need to collect 1,500 before May 30th to have the Portland City Council take up the issue. City Councilors could decide to adopt the ordinance or create a voter referendum.
Arguing that marijuana is safer than alcohol, David Boyer, the Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project said he thinks the majority of Mainers will support legalization.
"You look at Colorado, you look at Washington, these weren't done through the Legislature," said Boyer. "Unfortunately, our political class is way behind the American people on this issue."
While members of the Portland Green Party, ACLU of Maine, and Marijuana Policy Project said they support a bill by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, to legalize the sale and tax marijuana in Maine, they do not want to wait until the legislature takes up the issue.
Portland City Councilor David Marshall agreed.
"Quite frankly, we're not all that confident that the legislature is going to pass that bill," said Marshall.
If the bill is not passed, but the ordinance is, it could create a situation in which marijuana is legal in Portland, but not outside city limits.
"It would be a law enforcement's nightmare to deal with," said Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.
On top of enforceability issues, Chief Deputy Gagnon said he is worried about public safety.
"Here we want our kids to not abuse liquor but now we're going to be okay with adults [smoking] marijuana?" said Chief Deputy Gagnon. "What's that tell our children?"

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Marijuana legalization backers build coalition


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Marijuana legalization backers build coalition

Tony Rose of Portland remembers collecting signatures for the 2009 citizen initiative that legalized medical marijuana in Maine.
Today, without the resources to buy marijuana for medical use, Rose said he hopes to see Portland pass an initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana outright.
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"I believe marijuana is a God-given thing, it is not a chemical, it is not truly harmful unless you way overuse it," Rose said Wednesday while collecting signatures along Congress Street.
He said he suffers from epilepsy, diabetes, back problems and "all these other problems that nothing else can touch."
Rose said he decided to work on this year's legalization of marijuana petition after learning that the medical marijuana license would cost him $300.
"I used to use it recreationally, but today I need it for the pain, I need it medicinally, but I can't afford the $300. ... Then I have to pay for the marijuana beyond that, so it's really not possible. You have to go out in the streets and buy it," he said.
Rose added that, because he's bound to a wheelchair, he isn't in a position to find marijuana on the street.
"I'd rather see it legalized," he said.
Rose isn't alone.
Earlier this month, the Portland Green Independent Committee drafted an ordinance and filed a petition affidavit with the City Clerk to remove the criminal penalties for possession and use of  marijuana and paraphernalia for adults 21 or older. Portland Green Independents have begun to collect the necessary number of petition signatures to get the question of recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older on the city's November ballot.
Thursday at 10 a.m. at Portland City Hall, proponents of the petition drive will gather for a press conference updating media about the signature-gathering effort. The ACLU of Maine is scheduled to join advocates at the press conference, something that supporters said is a shot in the arm for the movement.
"They definitely have a lot of sway in Augusta, they're well respected on both sides of the aisle.
We're glad to have their support with this initiative," said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.
Tom MacMillan, chair of the Portland Green Independent Committee, said, "I think it's a very big deal, we're building a coalition of groups."
Thursday marks the 10th day of the petition effort, and 10 weeks remaining of signature gathering — deadline is May 30, MacMillan said.
"We already have several hundred signatures and have passed out 50 or so petitions to 15 or 20 petitioners with more waiting to pick up their petitions," he said.
According to a press advisory, the ACLU of Maine's support for legalization "is grounded in concerns about the human costs of the failed War on Drugs, a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United States, and has contributed to making America the world's largest incarcerator."
"I think the voters in Portland will agree that it's time to legalize marijuana," Boyer said.
Speakers at the press conference are scheduled to include Boyer; MacMillan; Portland City Councilor David Marshall; and Zachary Heiden, legal director of the ACLU of Maine.