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South Portland Approves Marijuana Legalization

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Voters in South Portland have voted to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Ballot initiatives in South Portland and Lewiston call for the cities to allow adults ages 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana without facing any penalty. South Portland voters approved the measure Tuesday, while Lewiston totals are still being counted. Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a similar law there last year.

Marijuana Policy Project Maine Director David Boyer says he hopes the ballot initiatives build support before a possible 2016 statewide initiative.

Law enforcement officials say marijuana possession remains illegal throughout Maine under state law, rendering the initiatives meaningless.