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Pot Legalization Advocates to Turn in Signatures Monday

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Organizers of a petition drive to force a statewide vote on marijuana legalization say that when Monday's deadline arrives to submit their signature petitions to the secretary of state, they'll be ready.

David Boyer, of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says his signature gatherers have already surpassed the required 61,000-signature threshold to place the question before the voters this fall.

"We are dotting the i's and crossing the t's with our petitions, making sure everything is all right - counting, sorting and picking up from the towns this week and preparing for our turn-in on Monday," Boyer says. "We've collected over 100,000 signatures, and we'll be turning those in on Monday and we're confident we'll be able to make the ballot."

Boyer's group is sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project from Colorado that spearheaded marijuana legalization efforts in Portland a little more than two years ago.