Portland, Maine, Legalizes Recreational Marijuana By Overwhelming Majority

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Portland, Maine, voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. The measure passed with around 70 percent support Tuesday.

As such, Portland becomes the East Coast city to legalize pot.

Adult residents may now possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.

The measure does not permit the recreational purchase or sale of marijuana, nor does it permit its use in public spaces like parks. But other than that? Legal.

"Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation's failed marijuana prohibition laws," said David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We applaud the voters of Portland for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented."

On an election day that saw Bill de Blasio elected NYC Mayor and Chris Christie re-elected Governor of New Jersey, this issue was also closely watched.

Medical marijuana is already legal in Maine, and the Portland referendum is seen as largely symbolic, as it does not override state or federal laws.

However, its passage could spark further efforts to legalize marijuana in the state, as see saw occur in Washington and Colorado in November 2012.

"I think there's national implications, keeping the momentum that Washington and Colorado started last November in ending marijuana prohibition," said Boyer.

"This is just the next domino."

Do you agree that this is a sign of inevitable, and smarter things to come? Or is it all a slippery slope? Share your comments below, and vote in our survey:

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I think they should just do away with the r n portland now!

@ just jenn

That's good!


If alcohol and cigs are legal there us absolutely no reason marijuana should be.

@ Jason

While we are at it- lets sign off on air traffic controllers being able to smoke- maybe surgeon?