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WIRE: Maine marijuana regulation initiative qualifies for November ballot

Augusta, ME: Voters will decide this election day on a statewide ballot measure to regulate the adult use, retail sale, and commercial production of cannabis.

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The Maine Secretary of State’s office determined that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The agency had previously attempted to invalidate a significant portion of proponents’ signatures, but that effort was ultimately rejected by the courts.

If enacted by voters in November, the measure would allow adults to legally possess up to two and one-half ounces of marijuana and to cultivate marijuana (up to six mature plants and the entire yields of said plants) for their own personal use. The measure would also establish licensing for the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis. Retail sales of cannabis would be subject to a ten percent sales tax. Non-commercial transactions and/or retail sales involving medical cannabis would not be subject to taxation.

Maine is one of a number of states – including Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Nevada – where voters are expected to decide this fall on legalizing the adult use of cannabis. According to statewide survey data provided by the Maine People’s Resource Center, nearly 54 percent of likely Maine voters would approve the initiative if the election were held today. Only 42 percent of respondents said they would oppose it.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit: http://www.regulatemaine.org.

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