Election Countdown: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What is Question 1?

Below is an overview of the 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine. Click here to read the full text of the proposed initiative.

End marijuana prohibition

The initiative allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess a limited amount of marijuana, grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public.

TAX Marijuana

The initiative enacts a 10% tax on adult-use marijuana sales, which will be used to implement and enforce regulations. Any remaining funds will be used by the legislature to benefit the citizens of Maine. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.

Regulate marijuana

The initiative establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities, and it creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Cities and towns will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.

Why Vote Yes on Question 1?

Question 1 is a new approach to our failed marijuana laws. Our current system has done nothing to stop the flow of marijuana in Maine, regulating and taxing marijuana is a better way. 


By passing Question 1 and regulating marijuana, Maine will generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue, which can be used to fund education and other vital services.

Public Safety

Right now, taxpayer dollars are being wasted enforcing failed marijuana laws. Law enforcement time and resources should be focused on serious and violent crime.

Public Health

Many Mainers cannot access medical marijuana because they do not have one of the few qualifying conditions or cannot afford a recommendation. Question 1 will expand access to thousands of Mainers who don’t currently qualify. 


Portland Press Herald
Kennebec Journal
Morning Sentinel 

Health Equity Alliance
Marijuana Policy Project
Drug Policy Alliance
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Rep. Chapman – Brooksville
Rep. Diane Russell – Portland
Rep. Fecteau – Biddeford
Rep. Hubbell – Bar Harbor
Rep. Larry Dunphy – Embden
Rep. Mark Dion – Portland
Rep. Matt Moonen – Portland
Rep. Rykerson – Kittery
Rep. Scott Hamann – South Portland
Rep. Stuckey – Portland
Rev. Deane Perkins – Belfast
Sen. Dave Miramant – Camden
Sen. Eric Brakey – Auburn
ACLU of Maine, Statewide – Civil Rights and Liberties Org
Councilor Bob Mills, Biddeford – Biddeford City Councilor
Hon. Aaron Libby, Waterboro – Two-term Republican State Rep.
Matt Roy, Lewiston – Androscoggin County Commissoner and Lewiston School Board Member