SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the South Portland Board of Education voted four to three to approve a resolution opposing the marijuana referendum. On Nov. 4, South Portland resident will decide whether to legalize marijuana possession for people 21 and older.
The resolution focused on health risks that marijuana use poses to minors. A poll conducted last year by the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey found that 27.5 percent of South Portland High School students used marijuana in the past 30 days, up from 23.9 percent five years ago. Nearly 65 percent of those same students believe there is a slight or no risk of using marijuana regularly.
Opponents of the marijuana referendum said it puts youth at risk for use of a drug that is not safe.