Maine Legalization Movement Sees New Life


On April 12, 2016, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that he would not seek an appeal to a ruling that overturned his decision to invalidate a marijuana legalization ballot initiative. In the 26-page ruling, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy found that Dunlap used overly broad criteria, lacked clear evidence, and ultimately “committed an error of law.”

Dunlap’s office will now review tens of thousands of signatures that the secretary threw out because a notary’s signature did not match the signature Dunlap had on file.

Speaking with the Bangor Daily News, David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.

“We’re glad the secretary of state will be reviewing the petitions,” Boyer said. “And we’re confident that we collected far more valid signatures of Maine voters than are required to qualify for the ballot.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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