Some voters going to the polls for the primary elections on Tuesday will be asked to sign petitions that could put the issue of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana on the ballot this fall. Much like voters in Portland had their say on a local ordinance last fall, voters in Lewiston, South Portland and York are expected to take up the issue this November.
Citizens for a Safer Maine launched their petition drive in Kennedy Park in Lewiston Monday afternoon by repeating their belief that marijuana should be regulated and taxed much like alcohol. The ordinances they support would allow someone 21 years of age or older to possess marijuana and use it on private property, but would not make it legal to use in public or allow them to operate a vehicle while under the influence.
“It is illogical,” proclaimed David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “We have bigger fish to fry. There’s violent crimes going on, there’s property crimes and that is where our police resources should be spent.”
“It is just a simple issue of freedom,” added former state representative, Stavros Mendros. “I’m not a big fan of marijuana. I think smoking it is a bad idea personally, with all due respect. I think it is dumb, bad for your health, but then again, so is being fat and no one is throwing me in jail for that, so you know it is about letting people live and have the freedom to live the way they want to live.”
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