Three cities in Maine targeted for recreational marijuana legalization initiatives
- By Josh Altic
|Marijuana Policy Project|
When asked why the Marijuana Policy Project chose the three communities announced, Boyer said that it was because South Portland neighbors Portland, in which a similar measure was approved in 2013, that Lewiston is viewed as a battleground for the governor's race and that York is close to potential initiatives in the future in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Officials in Lewiston and York stated that they were surprised at the announced initiative effort and that Lewiston and York were chosen as a locations for initiatives by the Marijuana Public Policy. South Portland police Chief Edward Googins, however, said that ever since the ballot measure in Portland in 2013 he had been expecting a similar effort in his city.
Boyer also announced that these were likely to be the only local marijuana legalization efforts sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project in Maine during 2014 as it would be busy working towards another state ballot measure in 2014 and, failing that, 2016.
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