David Boyer

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Four years ago, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Yet, there are still no marijuana retailers in the state. The industry's roll-out since since 2016 has been impeded by a number of legislative and regulatory twists and turns, including a gubernatorial veto.  But few, if any, in this emerging sector anticipated the latest obstacle.

Patty Wight / MPBN

LEWISTON, Maine - Activists seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Lewiston delivered a final batch of signatures that they say should ensure that the issue will be on the fall ballot. The Lewiston effort is the latest of several local marijuana initiatives in Maine this year.  

 

As members of the Marijuana Policy Project delivered the last of what they say is over 1,200 to Lewiston City Hall, the groups political director, David Boyer, explained to reporters what the initiative would, and wouldn't, do.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A group of activists hoping to put the question of marijuana legalization for adults in South Portland before voters is submitting its petition.
 
    Citizens for a Safer Maine is expected to submit more than 1,500 signatures to South Portland City Hall on Monday. It needs 959 valid signatures to put the issue on November ballot.
 
    David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, says it wants to start a discussion about marijuana and ``the benefits of ending prohibition.''