Maine Groups join hands to legalize Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 27, 2015.

Two groups that fought separately for a common cause - to legalize marijuana in Maine, have finally joined hands to step up the efforts to ensure a smooth run in the ballot initiative to be held in 2016. The road is not easy for them, but they are hopeful of a positive outcome.

The groups, 'Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol' and 'Legalize Maine' are moving forward with one campaign now. Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has the backing of Marijuana Policy Project at the national level, will stop collecting signatures in support of the ballot initiative it filed in March 2015 and work for a similar initiative by Legalize Maine.

Both groups claim to have 40,000 signatures each. They will need a total of 61,121 by January 2016 to get on the 2016 ballot. David Boyer, Campaign Manager at Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol considers marijuana safer than alcohol and less addictive and toxic. While these groups are working hard to legalize marijuana, there are others such as Smart Approaches to Marijuana, SAM are completely opposed to the move and vowed not to let this happen.

A single approach in favor of marijuana initiative was the need of the hour, as pro-marijuana activists feared that voters could be faced with confusing choice in 2016 and vote down all measures.

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