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Judge Revives Referendum Proposal to Legalize Marijuana in Maine

April 8, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has given a victory to supporters of a referendum aimed at legalizing marijuana.

The same judge who upheld the secretary of state's decision to reject a casino referendum proposal because of invalid signatures a day later revived the campaign to put the marijuana proposal on the November ballot.

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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol disputed Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap's decision to reject 26,779 signatures because the signature of the notary didn't match the signature on file. On Friday, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy ruled against Dunlap.

The proposal would allow adults to possess up to 2½ ounces of marijuana. Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., already have legalized recreational marijuana.

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