State of Maine Archives: on Drugs


Eliot Cutler: Legal pot makes drugs seem ok, but prohibition isn't working

[After Portland voted to legalize marijuana possession up to 2.5 ounces], a spokeswoman for Democrat Mike Michaud said, "He is concerned that such efforts could make the drug more accessible to children and teens." Eliot Cutler, the independent in the race, said he had similar concerns that legalizing marijuana for adults would also expand access to the drug for children and adolescents. "I think my biggest concern with legalizing marijuana is that it could send a message to our kids that drug use is OK," Cutler said. Still, Cutler said he believed the current prohibition on marijuana wasn't working. "It has permitted the development of a thriving, unregulated and untaxed black market in nonmedicinal marijuana that is easily accessed by children and adolescents, as well as adults," Cutler said.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage demurred on the questions.

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine governor race Sep 3, 2014

Mike Michaud: Legal pot makes drug more accessible to children and teens

The leading candidates for governor in Maine danced around the subject of whether the state should follow the city of Portland's lead and legalize recreational marijuana statewide. Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance that makes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use legal. The change, however, may be largely symbolic as both state and federal laws making possession illegal would supersede the ordinance, according to law enforcement.

A spokeswoman for the Democrat in the gubernatorial race, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, said he would want to see more details of any bill that would legalize or further decriminalize marijuana in Maine. "But he is concerned that such efforts could make the drug more accessible to children and teens," Michaud's campaign spokeswoman said. "The congressman is willing to sit down to discuss the issue with advocates for the law change and with representatives from the public health and law enforcement communities."

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine governor race Sep 3, 2014

Paul LePage: Upholding the law includes illegal marijuana

The leading candidates for governor in Maine danced around the subject of whether the state should follow the city of Portland's lead and legalize recreational marijuana statewide. Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance that makes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use legal.

A spokeswoman for Democrat Mike Michaud said "he is concerned that such efforts could make the drug more accessible to children and teens." Eliot Cutler, the independent in the race, said he had similar concerns, but that he believed the current prohibition on marijuana wasn't working.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage demurred on the questions. His campaign staff referred the issue to the governor's communications staff in Augusta. "Gov. LePage has taken an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution and observe the laws of the state of Maine and he intends to do just that," LePage's press secretary wrote.

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine governor race Sep 3, 2014

Shenna Bellows: Supports marijuana legalization

Bellows is relying on wedge issues to form, as she tells TIME, an "unusual coalition of support" around civil liberties, including legalizing marijuana.

On its face, the strategy has merit. Both marijuana and privacy concerns raised by the National Security Agency scandals attract anti-Washington voters from liberals to libertarians.

Portland, Maine's largest city, legalized recreational marijuana overwhelmingly last year, but the state legislature has opposed measures to legalize, tax and regulate the drug. It has, however, allowed medical marijuana since 1999. "There is widespread support for more sensible drug-reform policy," says Bellows, who sells herself as a "daughter of a carpenter," raised without running water or electricity.

Two marijuana-advocacy groups have endorsed her--the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

Source: Time magazine on 2014 Maine Senate race Mar 4, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Legalizing marijuana sends message that drug use is OK

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that helped successfully campaign for legalization of recreational pot use in Portland last year plans to target Lewiston, South Portland and York this fall as it lays the groundwork for a statewide legalization campaign in 2016. The efforts could benefit from the higher voter turnout likely in an election for governor.

"I think my biggest concern with legalizing marijuana is that it could send a message to our kids that drug use is OK," Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate for governor, said in a statement to the Press Herald. "That said, the current system doesn't work--it has permitted the development of a thriving, unregulated and untaxed black market in non-medicinal marijuana that is easily accessed by children and adolescents, as well as adults." Cutler said he would create a task force to look at the issue and recommend whether Maine should follow the lead of Colorado and Washington--and if so, how.

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine Senate race Jan 21, 2014

Mike Michaud: Real concerns about the impact of pot legalization on kids

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that helped successfully campaign for legalization of recreational pot use in Portland last year plans to target Lewiston, South Portland and York this fall as it lays the groundwork for a statewide legalization campaign in 2016. The efforts could benefit from the higher voter turnout likely in an election for governor.

Maine politicians and political candidates largely would not commit either way on the issue. Rep. Mike Michaud said he spoke briefly with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper about the issue and believes that "there are important lessons that Maine should consider as other states go through the process of legalization."

"Congressman Michaud continues to have real concerns about the impact of legalization on children and young adults," said a spokeswoman for Michaud's gubernatorial campaign. "The congressman and his staff have had a number of meetings with advocates, and he continues to evaluate information on legalization."

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine Senate race Jan 21, 2014

Shenna Bellows: Three past presidents acknowledged use; legalize pot

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that helped successfully campaign for legalization of recreational pot use in Portland last year plans to target Lewiston, South Portland and York this fall as it lays the groundwork for a statewide legalization campaign in 2016.

Maine politicians largely would not commit either way on the issue. Sen. Collins' office did not respond to subsequent questions about whether she would support legalization. She has avoided taking sides in statewide referendum campaigns in the past.

Collins' opponent in this year's election, meanwhile, strongly supports legalization and indicated Monday that she plans to discuss the issue on the campaign trail. "When you have the past three US presidents acknowledging marijuana use while our country locks up record numbers of primarily black and low-income young men, then something is dramatically wrong and we need change," Shenna Bellows said. "Legalization will benefit our economy and civil rights."

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine Senate race Jan 21, 2014

Susan Collins: Declines to take sides in marijuana legalization petition

A national organization that helped successfully campaign for legalization of recreational pot use in Portland last year plans to target Lewiston, South Portland and York this fall as it lays the groundwork for a statewide legalization campaign in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project plans to conduct petition drives to put the question to voters in the three communities in an effort to keep the legalization debate moving in Maine.

A spokesman for Susan Collins said: "While Sen. Collins believes that the president and Congress should be focusing like a laser on jobs and the economy, she would look for guidance from Maine's law enforcement and medical communities in the unlikely event that legalization legislation is debated by the full Senate." Collins' office did not respond to subsequent questions about whether she would support legalization in Maine. She has avoided taking sides in statewide referendum campaigns in the past.

Source: Portland Press Herald on 2014 Maine Senate race Jan 21, 2014

Paul LePage: Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients

Our welfare reform also includes mandatory drug testing of program participants convicted of drug offenses. If we are serious about helping people move to independence and work, we must address the barriers caused by addiction. Otherwise, we are spinning our wheels and squandering state resources.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address Feb 10, 2011

Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Susan Collins: Provide prison inmates with drug addiction treatment

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

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