By Alizeh Siddiqui
The Marijuana Policy Project filed a complaint Wednesday in the York County Superior Court calling for a temporary injunction that would require the York Board of Selectmen to place the query of recreational marijuana on the November ballot, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The board of selectman has twice refused to ask voters whether they want to allow the recreational use of marijuana, on the grounds that it is not lawful because the use of marijuana is still illegal under state law.
Regardless, supporters have collected close to 1,000 signatures on two separate petitions in their bid to put the question to town voters. However, the board voted 3-2 last week against sending the question to voters.
"The right to petition your government is the bedrock of democracy. For the selectman to ignore the will of their constituents goes against what our country is all about and that is why I signed on to this case," Sharon DaBiere of York, a plaintiff in the complaint, said in a statement issued by the Marijuana Policy Project.
David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, thinks selectmen clearly went out of their way to disenfranchise York's voters.
"We cannot stand by and let elected officials try to silence the people of York who would like to see marijuana regulated like alcohol."
In its court filing, an attorney working with Citizens for a Safer York asks that a hearing on the complaint be held by Friday.