Re-legalization efforts in Maine split into two streams, but those branches have now rejoined into one stronger current. Change is coming.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, an effort backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, announced Monday (Nov. 2) that it is going to stop collecting signatures to support the initiative it filed in March that would set up a system to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. The group will keep its name, but will now spearhead the campaign in support of a similar initiative filed in February by Legalize Maine, which billed itself as a homegrown group supported by people in the state’s agriculture and medical marijuana industries.
The development ends the fragmentation among supporters of legalization that made the movement vulnerable, and it also eliminates the possibility that voters would pass two legalization questions, which would have forced the legalization language into the hands of the Legislature.
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