Three cities in Maine will be voting this coming November on adopting a program that would allow adults age 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
Law enforcement and local governments have shown strong opposition to this movement, but the initiatives in each city are still gaining momentum.
Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city, was the first to place the initiative on its ballot. They were able to gather many more signatures than needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
The city of South Portland faced unanimous opposition in regards to the initiative, but still managed to turn in more than enough signatures from local supporters.
York, the third city pushing for the legalization of small amounts of marijuana, was also able to gather enough signatures to get the initiative on their town’s ballot despite facing great opposition as well.
Activists in Maine are hoping that this will push their state in a pro-marijuana direction, and that Maine voters will be able to vote for legalized recreational marijuana by 2016.