November’s ballot is officially set and we are Question 1!
Question 1 reads: “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”
Our campaign will be spending the next five months encouraging Mainers to vote “Yes on 1!”
It’s time for Maine to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol.
When it comes to making marijuana legal for adults, a common concern among people on the fence is whether legalization might lead to an increase in teen use. For those people, we have received some good news over the past two weeks.
At both the national level and in Colorado, where the regulation of marijuana is most advanced, it appears as if the legalization of marijuana has not resulted in higher levels of teen marijuana use.
On June 9, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released its biannual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey. This survey found that the rate of marijuana use among teens, based on current (past 30-day) use, fell from 23.1 in 2011 to 21.7 in 2015. This is counter to what our opponents have always suggested, which is that legalization in some states would lead to greater acceptance and use across the country.
Even where marijuana is legal and widely available to adults, teen marijuana use has not been affected. Earlier this week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released the results of the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey. It showed that teen use rates were flat between 2011 (22.0%), just prior to legalization, and 2015 (21.2%).
It is also interesting to note that teen use of alcohol and tobacco has dropped significantly over the past two decades, through public education and enforcement of existing laws and regulations. It is possible that teen marijuana use will drop further once the substance is only available through regulated stores.
Please share this information with friends and family – either by emailing this post or by bringing it up in conversation.
In just six months, Mainers will decide whether to end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol in the state.
And here’s the truth: We will win this election if people older than 50 come to appreciate that marijuana is an acceptable and less harmful alternative to alcohol.
So in honor of Mother’s Day, we have produced a 30-second video to inspire our supporters to take action. It shows a young woman sending an important email to her mother, explaining that she prefers marijuana over alcohol for a number of logical reasons.
After you watch the video, use the form on the page to send a message to your mother or anyone else with whom you’d like to start a conversation about marijuana. The email, which you can modify if you’d like, is not an aggressively “pro-marijuana” email; it simply asks them to think about it. No harm in that, right?
We also encourage you to share the video on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networks you use.
The most important thing is to Talk it Up! in whatever way you can. Send an email, share a video, or just have a conversation with your relatives about why you think it is irrational to allow people to use alcohol but punish them if they prefer to use something less harmful.
If you talk, we will win the election this November and marijuana prohibition will be over in Maine!
Thanks for taking action.
Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol to Submit Petition Signatures in Support of Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition in Maine
FALMOUTH, Maine — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit its petitions to state officials today in support of a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine. The campaign collected 103,115 total signatures and needs at least 61,123 valid signatures of registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot. Voters from over 400 Maine towns signed the petition.
“Over the past eight months, we’ve talked to more than 100,000 voters across the state, from Kittery to Caribou,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most Mainers agree it is time to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition, and they will have the opportunity to do it this November.”
The proposed initiative would allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes. It would also establish the framework for a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities, and it would create rules governing the cultivation, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana. The initiative would enact a 10% tax on marijuana sales.
“This initiative will replace the underground marijuana market with a tightly controlled system of legitimate, taxpaying businesses that create good jobs for Maine residents,” Boyer said. “It will also make Maine safer by allowing enforcement officials to spend more time addressing serious crimes instead of enforcing failed marijuana prohibition laws.”
Take part in the historic campaign to end marijuana prohibition in Maine by volunteering to collect signatures while voters are at the polls.
While the signature drive is off to a great start, we still need thousands of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot, and Election Day is the prime time to gather a large number of signatures from registered voters across the state.
Join us in our efforts to replace the dangerous underground marijuana market with a regulated system where products are tested, packaged, and labeled, and marijuana is only sold to adults.
You can make a real difference on November 3. Please sign up to volunteer here.
And if you can’t make it out on Election Day, please consider making a financial donation to sponsor a volunteer collector instead.
Thanks for your support. We’ll see you at the polls!
Last Thursday, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) visited Portland to hold a meet and greet with legislators, members of the medical marijuana industry and activists. Rep. Blumenauer has been a leading voice for rational marijuana policy in Congress and Oregon, where legalization passed last year.
The meet and greet was held at the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland and covered by several media outlets. Check out the write ups from the Portland Press Herald and the Portland Phoenix.
We’ve collected over 10,000 signatures!
Help us collect more!
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect over 90,000 signatures to ensure that Maine voters have the opportunity next year to vote on our ballot initiative.
Can you support our signature drive with a $100 donation?
Your contribution will bring Maine one step closer to ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.
Thank you for your support!
FALMOUTH— The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol reported Wednesday that it raised $53,011 in the second quarter of 2015 in support of a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine.
“Mainers are clearly excited about the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “Most people agree that it’s time for our state to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy, and that’s exactly what we’re proposing. Regulating marijuana and taxing it like alcohol just makes sense.”
Maine residents accounted for more than 90% of the 190 total contributions that were made to the committee during the three-month period. The largest contribution, $50,000, was made by the Marijuana Policy Project, which has more than 200,000-plus supporters around the nation, including approximately 4,000 in Maine.
“The campaign is in full swing,” Boyer said. “In addition to raising thousands of dollars, we have already collected several thousand signatures. If we can maintain this momentum, I’m confident we will have what it takes to qualify for the ballot and run a strong campaign in 2016.”
The campaign is in the process of collecting the 61,123 signatures of registered Maine voters that are needed to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot.
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June 22, 2015
AUGUSTA — Maine state lawmakers decided Monday they will not place a measure on the ballot to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use. LD 1380, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D- Portland), was defeated in the House 45-98 and in the Senate without a recorded vote.
Statement from David Boyer, campaign manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is in the process of placing a citizen initiative on the 2016 ballot that would end marijuana prohibition in Maine:
“The legislature’s failure to act should not be mistaken for waning public interest in marijuana policy reform. Elected officials have always followed the citizens’ lead on this issue. Maine voters will still have the final say, and we expect they will say it’s time to end marijuana prohibition.
“Marijuana prohibition is a counterproductive and antiquated policy. Most people are just fed up with it at this point. It’s time to regulate marijuana, tax it, and start treating it similarly to alcohol.”
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The campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Maine officially launched its petition drive in Portland last week. Our news conference was covered by the CBS, NBC, and ABC affiliates, MPBN, and The Forecaster.
Portland was the first city on the east coast to legalize marijuana, so it only made sense to kick things off there.
Our goal is to collect the signatures of at least 90,000 Maine voters by the end of the year. If you’d like to get involved and help collect signatures, please email Jordan DeCoster today and he can help you get started.