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Anti-pot legalization signs stolen in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) Police are investigating after several anti-pot legalization signs have been vandalized or stolen.

The signs, which read "SoPo says No to Pot," only went up back on Thursday, according to pot opponents . Within minutes of being placed around South Portland, most of the signs had been stolen, they said. Volunteers replaced some of the stolen signs, which were then stolen a second time.

The group "Smart Approaches of Marijuana Maine" said none of the other elections signs in South Portland have been touched.
They claimed the signs opposing marijuana legalization are being specifically targeted.

"This concerns us greatly at SAM Maine as we feel it is important for voters to have both sides of the issue before deciding how they will vote," Scott Gagnon, of Smart Approaches of Marijuana Maine said in a written statement. "This will not deter the efforts of SoPo Says No To Pot."

Anyone caught stealing signs could face a theft charge and a civil penalty of up to $5,000 dollars.

The referendum question to legalize a small amount of pot is only on the ballot in South Portland and Lewiston.

A judge rejected a request by pro-marijuana activists that would have forced the town of York to put a legalization question on the November ballot.

The "Marijuana Policy Project" is hoping to bring the question to voters statewide in 2016.


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