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Friday, March 22, 2013

Push To Legalize Marijuana In Portland Continues

WMTW 13

http://www.wgme.com/news/top-stories/stories/wgme_vid_16010.shtml

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.

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