Maine is one of five states that will be voting on recreational marijuana legalization in November. The other four states are Nevada, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. Maine has long been a leader in marijuana reform. For the last few years I expected Maine to be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana via legislative action. Maine Representative Diane Russell has long pushed for legalization in her state.
Maine of course never legalized recreational marijuana via legislative action, but Maine voters will have the opportunity to make it happen when they vote on Election Day 2016. The results of a new poll were released which found majority support for marijuana legalization in Maine. Per the Portland Press Herald:
A majority of Maine voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a new Portland Press Herald poll showing a groundswell of support among residents under age 50 and among those living in southern or coastal areas.
Roughly 53 percent of respondents in the newspaper’s statewide survey indicated they support a November ballot question that would add Maine to the growing list of states where marijuana is legal for adults. By comparison, 38 percent of participants opposed marijuana legalization – Question 1 on the November ballot – and 10 percent were undecided.
Voters over 65 do not support the measure nearly as much as other age groups. Only 35% of poll participants over 65 support Question 1. Fortunately, it’s the only age group that doesn’t have majority support, although, it’s worth noting that it’s also the age group with the highest voter turnout rate. 53% is not exactly a sure thing, but it’s very encouraging. I have to assume that at least some of the 10% of undecided voters will vote ‘yes’ on Election Day. With roughly six weeks to go until Election Day, it’s time for a big awareness push. Go get ’em Maine!