Substance Abuse

Portland Set to Vote on Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in November

The overturning of a proposal to legalize the possession of marijuana in Portland, Maine has led to a citywide poll.

smoking marijuanaThe city council voted July 15 to decline the proposed changes in the marijuana law to legalize recreational pot. As a result, the ordinance change will be subjected to a voting procedure by November this year.

Proponents of the change, composed of a number of groups collectively called Citizens for a Safer Portland, are seeing this council decision as a racial issue. Maine NAACP executive board member Regina Phillips called on the council, citing the failure of the justice system. “It does not treat people equally,” Phillips said in a news release.

The issue evoked a similar negative vibe as experienced by African-American locals in the Zimmerman murder trial decision. Hispanic George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager. Civil rights activists found the decision to hold tinges of racial discrimination.

The coalition is composed of many groups calling for pot legalization, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, the Portland Green Independent Committee, and the Marijuana Policy Project. The group was able to amass more than 2,500 voter signatures to push the petition of changing the ordinance.

The proposed revision as pushed by the coalition would allow people 21 years old and above to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot and/or any marijuana paraphernalia. However, the proposal maintains the ban of recreational marijuana use in public places.

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  1. Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to prison and are being given permanent criminal records, which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    It is also safer than tobacco and caffeine. Marijuana is the safest and healthiest recreational substance known to man.

    Even The President of the United States himself, along with a long list of successful people have used marijuana. Has it hurt their chances at succeeding in life?

    If the President had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may very well have still been in jail today. Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record.

    Let's end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should not attempt to legislate morality because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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