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After acquiring enough votes to qualify for November’s ballot, Maine voters will have the chance to legalize cannabis this fall.

The legalization referendum received more than the necessary 61,123 signatures to qualify for November’s ballot. Until the bill’s proponents submitted more signatures yesterday, the referendum’s fate was in serious doubt sinceĀ 26,000 signatures had been previously denied “because of a discrepancy.”

Maine’s bill would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and set up a regulated, retail marijuana system much like Colorado’s. With the additional possibility of legalization in states like Rhode Island and Massachusetts this fall, the East Coast might soon have its first three legal states in one full swoop.

Bernie Canter

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