Maine voters torn on legalizing marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine voters were torn on whether to legalize marijuana. 

With 98% of precincts reporting, Yes was slightly ahead with 376,123 votes compared to No's 372,936.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, David Boyer stood with supporters and legislators, talking about the future of legal and regulated marijuana in Maine.

The state has said it will take nine months to figure out rules, restrictions and best practices to ensure children do not have access to pot. Senator-elect Mark Dion, who has been a supporter of legalizing pot from the start, is less optimistic about that timeline.

"Moving forward could take a number of years before we get every single piece worked out," said Dion. "I think the Senator [Eric Brakey (R)] and others have identified immediate issues around language. There was a hullabaloo about whether kids would be immune from sanction if they had possession, we can take a look at that, those will be on the surface, but the guts and the core of this process will have to be worked out."

In an email Wednesday morning, No On 1 Campaign Director, Scott Gagnon said, "Despite being outspent over 20-to-1, we proved that Maine is not an easy pushover target for these big out-of-state corporate marijuana interests. I am extremely proud of each and every one of our committee members and volunteers for the countless hours they put into our campaign. This is not over yet, we will continue to stand up to do everything we can to protect our youth and communities from the greedy Big Marijuana agenda."

Gagnon says the campaign owes it to its supporters to wait for all of the votes to be counted, including absentee ballots that slipped through the cracks in Scarborough. 

He says if they are still behind when all votes have been counted, they will likely call for a recount, because it is so close.

 

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