Maine Recount on Question 1 Called Off, Adult-Use Ballot Question Passed

Vickie Mathis
December 20, 2016

"We are grateful that the "No on 1" campaign has conceded and look forward to working together towards a successful implementation of Question 1", said David Boyer, campaign manager for 'Yes on 1, ' in a statement. Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine, recently posted on Facebook that out of all the ballots recounted, only 81 votes against the measure had been added to the tally.

"It's far from a mandate", Gagnon says. "It is clear that there is deep and broad concern among many Mainers when it comes to the prospect of marijuana legalization. We must not let the pro-marijuana proclivities of Portland dictate the health and safety of Presque Isle". Question 1, which permitted adults 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, passed by less than one percent.

The final cannabis ballot measure race that was still undecided following the November elections has finally ended: Adult-use cannabis will be legal in Maine.

A spokeswoman for the ME secretary of state's office says on Monday the results will most likely be certified this week and then sent to Gov. Paul LePage. The Maine Legislature will have nine months to create rules and regulations for the recreational industry, including guidelines for child-proof packaging, restricting advertising to minors and licensing. "We believe this should be an all-hands-on-deck approach to make sure it is fully informed from all perspectives".

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