Suporters and opponents of Portland pot question get messages out

5:28 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - When voters go to the polls in Portland on Tuesday they will decide if possession of marijuana will be legalized in the city.

If passed the measure would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana. The sale and use of marijuana in public spaces would still be prohibited.
Three state representatives gathered at an old port cupcake shop along with the businesses owner to voice support of question one, the measure that would legalize possession of marijuana.
"We've already seen voters legalize marijuana in Washington and Colorado last year There's no question this fight is coming to Maine and what we need to decide now is how do we do this responsibly", said Matt Moonen (D) Portland.
Supporters acknowledge that the Portland referendum is another small step in the fight to legalize marijuana statewide. First voters said yes to medical marijuana. Now backers are hoping that the measure in Portland will pass. Eventually they'd like to see Maine regulate and tax marijuana.

With election day fast approaching one group finally announced its opposition.The Maine Public Health Association sent out a news release stating public health officials say no to question 1. In the release Executive Director Tina Pettingill stated "The link between negative public health, safety and financial indicators and the use of marijuana has been well documented".

It's unclear how active the group will be between now and Tuesday. Supporters on the other hand say they'll be very active, going door to door to get their message to voters this weekend.



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