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‘A Maine Approach Coalition’ Forms To Advocate For A Local Approach To Marijuana Policy


a maine approach coalition marijuana legalization diane russellPORTLAND, ME – A new Coalition of Mainers will gather Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Maine Room on the second floor of Portland City Hall to officially outline the next phase of the campaign to regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Rep. Diane Russell will also outline her new bill, “An Act To Align Maine’s Marijuana Laws with the Guidelines Governing Taxation and Regulation Issued by the Federal Government.”

A Maine Approach Coalition

Speakers Include

  • David Boyer, Marijuana Policy Project, of Falmouth
  • Denny Gallaudet, Retired Richmond Superintendent, of Cumberland
  • Jonathan Kaelin, Caregiver, of Portland
  • Rep. Diane Russell, District 120, of Portland
  • Ted Welton, Afghanistan War Veteran, of Southwest Harbor
  • Charles Piefer-Wynott, The Piefer Patients Alliance, of Portland


Press Conference

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

10:00 AM

Portland City Hall
Maine Room, 2nd Floor

On Election Day, 67% of voters in Portland endorsed an ordinance to allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Since then, the general consensus has been that Maine is primed to be the first Legislature in the country to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.

“A major reason for the prohibition is to keep marijuana out of the hands of kids,” said retired Richmond Superintendent Denny Gallaudet.  ”However, in the 2011 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, many more high school students report using marijuana regularly than cigarettes (for juniors 25% versus 17%).  The current policy is clearly not working; it’s time to move to a strict regulation policy instead.”

Source: Diane Russell e-mail


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  1. At least no cops at this one. I never could understand why they should be at these types of meetings. Of course they are against legalizing cannabis, and cops are there to uphold the law, not influence policy behind the laws.

  2. The article is correct. They are talking about the Maine likely being the first to legalize by way of legislature, as opposed to voter initiatives that legalized cannabis in Colorado and Washington.

  3. get your facts straight colorado and washington already legalized it in 2012 by voter initiative

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