PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The ordinance that legalizes marijuana use for adults in Portland goes into effect today. Supporters of the measure they may take the city to court if police don't follow the spirit of the law.
At a news conference in front of Portland city hall, David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project told reporters that the marijuana initiative was adopted by 67 percent of voters in the city. Portland is also the first city on the East Coast to remove all penalties for marijuana possession.
Boyer, along with other backers of the law met with city officials Thursday night to discuss how it interacts with state and federal laws Boyer says city officials would not say if officers would follow the law.
"If someone over 21 does get cited or punished for marijuana possession in the privacy of their home or if they are walking down the street and they are not publicly consuming it then I think the ACLU will be happy to work with us and make sure our policies will be upheld," said David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project.
Backers of the ordinance say they will collect signatures to support a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, if similar legislation fails in the legislature.