Maine Marijuana Opponents Fail to Produce Enough Volunteers for Recount

Maine Marijuana Opponents Fail to Produce Enough Volunteers for Recount

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Opponents of legalization in Maine have come under fire after failing to produce enough volunteers for the first two and a half days of a statewide ballot recount for Question 1, a marijuana legalization initiative that was narrowly approved by voters.

The recount, which began on Dec. 5, 2016, is expected to take more than a month to complete and will cost the state approximately $500,000.

Although state law does not require each campaign to produce a specific number of volunteers for recounts, campaigns usually attempt to provide an equal number of volunteers. According to the Portland Press Herald, each campaign typically supplies 10 volunteers for recount teams and those volunteers are divided into teams with representatives from the opposing campaign and a state official.

To make up for the No on 1 Campaign’s short fall, representatives from the Yes on 1 Campaign provided additional support.

“That is, quite frankly, silly. The whole point is to ensure the integrity of the vote and they can’t be bothered to do that,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1. “What are we doing here?”

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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