Recount to Begin on Vote Legalizing Marijuana in Maine

Dec 5, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine — A recount of a public referendum that legalized recreational marijuana use in Maine is getting underway in the state’s capital city.

The recount begins Monday in Augusta. Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana on Nov. 8. The hotly debated referendum question asked voters whether they wanted to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 years of age or older.

State officials say their official election night results show a difference of 4,073 votes between the Yes and No votes.

Supporters of legalization declared themselves the winners weeks ago and have said it’s time for the state to start implementation. Opponents of legalization say they want to exhaust all available channels.

A recount was also scheduled for a referendum that raises taxes on high earners, but the request was withdrawn.