By Habit 420
Oregon Cannabis Connection
December 17, 2017 – The Maine recount on Question 1, the marijuana legalization initiative that passed narrowly on November 8th, has been dropped by the opposition. The No on 1 campaign was withdrawn officially after it became apparent that the recount was not going to change the results of the election.
WCSH Channel 6 reported on their Twitter Feed that the recount was over and the initiative had won.
Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine, supporters of the initiative, had kept a running tally of the recount and the changed votes. On December 14th they posted to Facebook that 182,031 votes had been checked and only 81 were changed to “No” votes against the legalization initiative.
Apparently, opponents McCarrier’s Hashtag, #concedeon1, to heart and threw in the towel. They No on 1 campaign had struggled to provide sufficient volunteers to perform the recount last week, only coming up with eight of the requested ten the state asked for on Wednesday, two days after the recount was to begin. The recount cost was expected to be as high as $500,000.
The initiative had passed with a margin of over 4,000 votes making it apparent the recount would not succeed. The law will now take effect 30 days after Governor Paul LePage signs the bill. Now Legalize Maine will have to fight against their entrenched Governor that recently said, “We’ve got to get rid of medical marijuana.”
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