Backers of Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maine Kick Off Petition Drive in Portland

June 4, 2015

PORTLAND — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol kicked off its petition drive Thursday in support of a statewide initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

Campaign staff and volunteers held a news conference at Monument Square in Portland prior to fanning out and collecting signatures from pedestrians in the area.

“We’re excited to get out there and start talking to voters about the initiative and the many ways in which regulating and taxing marijuana will benefit our state,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “When Portland voted overwhelmingly in support of making marijuana legal for adults, local officials opted to use state law to continue punishing people. We couldn’t think of a better place to launch the effort to end marijuana prohibition at the state level.”

Initiative backers must collect the signatures of at least 61,123 registered Maine voters by January in order to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot. A summary of the initiative and the full initiative text are available on the campaign’s website at

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