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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Marijuana advocates took a major step forward in getting the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older on the November ballot in Lewiston.

Citizens for a Safer Maine submitted more than 1,250 signatures at City Hall Friday. That number is well beyond the 859 needed to qualify for the November 4th ballot. The petition drive in Maine's second largest city is one of three planned initiatives on marijuana legalization. Voters in South Portland will likely decide in November whether to legalize pot for recreational use.

As for Lewiston, the measure will now go before the City Council. If it isn't approved, the proposal will still go on the November ballot.

Leslie DuBois is one of two city councilors who signed the petition. "It is the Lewiston voters decision," DuBois said, "and I would like to see this on the ballot and let them make that decision."

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, says legalization normalizes the use of a harmful drug and puts kids and teens at risk for marijuana use.

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