Maine marijuana legalization bid fails to qualify for ballot

 In Legalization, National News

AUGUSTA –– An effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine did not qualify for the November ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said in a statement Wednesday that the proposal did not have enough valid signatures of Maine voters. The campaign needed 61,123 signatures, but according to Dunlap’s office, the campaign only provided 51,543 valid signatures.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which led the effort to get the question on the ballot, now has 10 days to appeal the decision to Maine Superior Court.

Campaign leader David Boyer said proponents were “very disappointed” with the Secretary of State office’s determination that 17,000 signatures were invalid because the signature of a single notary who reviewed the petitions did not match the signature of the notary the state had on file.

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