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Maine Officials Give Pro-Marijuana Group Green Light to Collect Signatures

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine state officials say a pro-marijuana group can collect signatures to try to get a question about legalization of the drug on the ballot in November 2016.

Legalize Maine wants recreational use of marijuana to be legal in the state. The group asked state officials to approve its petition, and the Department of State signed off on it on Tuesday morning. A spokeswoman for the department says the group received the finalized petition on Tuesday.

The group needs to collect at least 61,123 signatures by Feb. 1 so the question can go to the voters in November 2016. Another group backed by the national Marijuana Policy Project is also seeking approval for a legalization petition drive. That group is called the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.