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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.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.