Maine has been on the marijuana legalization radar for awhile now. I think Maine has a great chance of being the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature. But if that doesn't happen before the next election, it sounds like there will be two efforts trying to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot. Per WCSH6:
Legalize Maine held a press conference in Augusta Wednesday to introduce its plan. The group is focused on jobs, and said legalization would bring economic development opportunities to rural areas.Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine said he is moving forward with his plan after talking with people in other states who have worked with the Marijuana Policy Project.
"We are not interested in being subjugated to MPP or the Washington D.C. policy," McCarrier said. "These will be competing measures and we will win."
I will have to review both campaigns' initiatives before I pass judgement on either. I like that Legalize Maine is local, but it will still need national money in order to win. I can say that if Legalize Maine gets some traction, has an initiative that polls well, and can get a strong local network on the ground with some local money, a different national group will step up to help, aside from the Marijuana Policy Project. That's what happened in Oregon, and we won handily, and that was in a midterm election. 2016 will be a favorable election year for Maine, I hope one or both campaigns can take advantage.