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South Portland pot referendum goes door to door

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We're now ten days away from election day when voters will be heading to the polls. Those in South Portland will have to decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in their city, and the campaigns from both sides are spending the final stretch going door to door.

A group from the Marijuana Policy Project spent their Saturday walking around several residential areas of South Portland asking citizens to vote in favor of the marijuana referendum. That would allow adults over the age of 21 to posses one once of marijuana or less in their homes, but not in public places. According to the Maine Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, David Boyer, recreational marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol and would allow law enforcement to spend their time dealing with more serious crimes.

"It doesn't make sense to criminalize and punish those who would rather use a safer substance," said Boyer. "Law enforcement has bigger fish to fry than going after adults with a joint inside their house."

Earlier this year the South Portland City Council voted unanimously against the referendum with concerns that legalizing the drug would make it easier for underage youth to get their hands on it.

"We have to be the adult," said councilor Maxine Beecher. "We have to be the parent and stand up and say no we care enough about you and we don't want that to happen."

The city of Lewiston also has a similar marijuana referendum question on their ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project plans on going door to door to talk with voters in that area on Sunday.


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