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Marijuana activists joining forces on effort to put legalization proposal on Maine ballot


PORTLAND, Maine — National-based and Maine-based marijuana activists say they're uniting behind one state ballot measure to legalize marijuana.

The nationally backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will stop collecting signatures in support of the initiative it filed in March and will work on behalf of a similar initiative by Legalize Maine.

Both groups say they've collected about 40,000 signatures. Now they'll work together to reach a total of approximately 61,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters to get on the 2016 ballot.

Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, said either of the organizations could have been successful but "now we can ramp up those efforts even more."

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