Petition seeks to legalize pot in Portland, Maine
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March 21, 2013, 10:28 pm
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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