Marijuana Legalization In Maine: State Approves 'Homegrown' Ballot Initiative For 2016

Pro marijuana advocates in Maine are expected to start collecting signatures to get recreational pot on the ballot in 2016 following approval Tuesday of a petition by the Secretary of State's office, the Associated Press reported. Legalize Maine submitted its proposal 10 weeks ago, and hoped to put through the petition pushed without help from outside marijuana groups.  

“This is a historic moment, not just for Maine, but for the nation,” Legalize Maine President Paul McCarrier said in an emailed statement. “We are the first to put a homegrown initiative on the ballot without backing from national marijuana organizations. … We have been waiting weeks for this day, and we are hitting the ground running.”

Legalize Maine will need more than 61,000 valid signatures by Jan. 22 to get the initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

If approved, the law would allow adults at least 21...

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