2 Groups Hand in Signatures For Referendum Proposals

2 Groups Hand in Signatures For Referendum Proposals

By Zachary Babin - February 1, 2016

Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two groups are handing in petition signatures to the state, one to legalize marijuana and the other to boost school funding.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol says it delivered 103,000 signatures Monday in its quest to make Maine the first state in the East to legalize pot for recreational use. Another group, “Stand Up for Students,” says it delivered nearly 75,000 valid signatures.

About 20 protesters who oppose legalization demonstrated as the petition gatherers carried boxes into the Secretary of State’s Office.

A petition needs 61,123 valid signatures to be placed on the November ballot. Monday is the deadline.

The school funding measure would raise $157 million for schools from a 3 percent income tax surcharge on the top 2 percent of wage earners in the state.

Associated Press