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Anti-Recreational Pot Group Announces Public Education Campaign

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine organization that opposes legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has announced a year-long effort to provide people across the state with science and public health information.

Scott Gagnon, of Smart Approaches to Marijuana-Maine, says this information has gotten lost in the debate over legalizing recreational use of the drug.

"We're a bunch of people that are really passionate about this, and have really significant concerns around how this could impact our youth and our economies," Gagnon says. "So we're just kind of gathered together to make sure that that message is part of the ongoing debate."

Efforts are underway by two separate activist groups to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine, and Maine lawmakers are expected to take up at least four marijuana-related proposals this coming year.

Mal Leary contributed reporting to this story.