Board in Saco, Maine rejects marijuana legalization proposal

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YORK, Maine — Selectmen in York have said no to placing a proposed ordinance to legalize marijuana in the town on the November ballot.

The 3-2 vote on Monday does not end the issue, however. Supporters of the proposal must now collect 613 signatures to force the question on to the ballot.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports the vote followed a public hearing in which the majority spoke out against legalizing marijuana, citing concerns about public health and law enforcement.

The South Portland City council plans to vote next week on a measure that would make it legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. If the says no, it would go on the November ballot.

The city of Portland passed a referendum last year allowing recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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