SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize recreational use of marijuana last November, but city councilors in a neighboring community say they don't want the drug to be legalized there.
South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The resolution is non-binding, and is a way for city councilors to make a statement about the issue.
According to South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert, city leaders want to try and send the right message to youth about marijuana.
South Portland's Police Chief, Ed Googins, said it is a danger to public health.
"It is not a good thing for our community," said Chief Googins. "It does not make our community safer, and it will not add to the quality of life in our community."