Maine: Backers of Marijuana Legalization Initiative To Kick Off Petition Drive Thursday

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Campaign staff and volunteers will hold a news conference on Thursday at 12 noon EST in Monument Square prior to fanning out and collecting signatures

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will kick 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 will hold a news conference at 12 p.m. EST 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,” Boyer said. "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 http://www.RegulateMaine.org.

WHAT: News conference to launch the petition drive in support of the statewide ballot initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Maine

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 12 p.m. EST

WHERE: Monument Square (Corner of Congress St. and Monument Way), Portland

WHO: David Boyer, campaign director, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Erin Mancini, Falmouth-based volunteer

Shannon McCartney, Portland-based volunteer personally affected by marijuana prohibition

Gwen Tuttle, Portland-based volunteer

Additional campaign staff and volunteers

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMaine.org .

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