Maine Legalization Signatures Disqualified
Maine Legalization Signatures Disqualified as Maine Officials Give Contradictory Accounts of Disqualifying 17,000 Legalization Signatures as the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol prepares an appeal, legalization opponents call for a criminal probe of the signature-gathering effort.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced that the marijuana legalization citizens’ initiative failed to qualify for the ballot because it fell short by nearly 10,000 signatures. In his decision, Dunlap cited irregularities with signatures on the petitions and potential forgery, as well as signatures from a large number of people who are not registered voters. The marijuana legalization group had hired a Lewiston company to collect the signatures.
David Boyer, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said the group is consulting with its legal advisers and plans to file an appeal within the 10 days allowed by law.