UPDATED: (NOT) Enough Signatures Collected in Maine to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

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From The Cannabist: “The leader of the legalization campaign says the group will appeal state election officials’ decision after more than 17,000 signatures from a single notary were invalidated because the notary’s signature did match the signatures on file” Story here.

 

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The Maine Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 100,000 signatures to state officials on Monday, February 1st in support of a ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition. The campaign needs to submit 61,123 valid signatures from registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.

State Representative Diane Russell will joined the campaign for a news conference in front of the campaign’s headquarters in Falmouth (183 U.S. Route 1) on Monday. Campaign leaders and volunteers then loaded boxes of petitions onto a truck and delivered them to the Maine Secretary of State in Augusta.

“Over the past six months, we’ve talked to tens of thousands of voters from all over the state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”

If approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of small amounts of cannabis, while establishing a system of legal cannabis cultivation centers and retail outlets, similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64 which was approved by voters in 2012.

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