Maine Voters Could Face Two Marijuana Legalization Initiatives on 2016 Ballot

AUGUSTA, Maine - The group that launched successful efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado and Alaska is officially taking steps to do the same in Maine.

Today supporters of the Marijuana Policy Project submitted a draft initiative that they hope to qualify for the 2016 statewide ballot.

This is the second citizens' initiative to propose legalizing pot next year. Both measures have some similarities and some big differences. Both plans would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over and also allow adults to grow small amounts for personal use. Both also call for a tax.

But there are some fundamental differences. Legalize Maine, which bills itself as the homegrown initiative, would allow for possession of up to 2.5 ounces. The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project's measure would allow for possession of just 1 ounce.  

"Ours is consistent with all the other states that have legalized marijuana so...

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