Marijuana Legalization 2013: Portland, Maine Poised to Legalize Weed

Marijuana Legalization 2013: Portland, Maine Poised to Legalize Weed

UPDATE: The resolution has passed with 70% of the vote. Portland is now the first East Coast city to have legalized marijuana.

With all those boring people in suits yelling at each other, you might have forgotten about the rad vote that's happening in Maine today — to legalize weed in Portland.

Portland, Maine, seems to be on track to be the first East Coast city to make marijuana legal. Under the proposed regulations, those 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of the fuzzy stuff as well as paraphernalia. (Sale and production of the drug would remain illegal, but the new ordinances would essentially give the green light to possession and use by the average smoker.)

According to Press Herald staff reporter Randy Billings, one of the city's 11 polling locations has already came in with a resounding "yes" to the initiative, leading 55-44.7% 523-323.

Portland police said they would continue to enforce state law, which imposes a civil violation for possessing 1.25 ounces of marijuana of $350-500 and 1.25-2.5 ounces of $700-1,000.

Meanwhile, Portland pot advocates seem to be having a very good time:


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Tom McKay

Tom is a staff writer at Mic, covering national politics, media, policing and the war on drugs. He is based in New York and can be reached at tmckay@mic.com.

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