On Monday, the Portland, Me. City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older within city limits.
The hearing ties into a citizen-initiated ordinance to legalize marijuana possession. Supporters of the initiative gathered twice the number of signatures required in order to get the initiative onto the November election ballot.
During Monday’s hearing, the City Council will have the option of enacting the ordinance or deciding to put it to a vote of the people.
Proponents of the initiative will hold a press conference prior to the meeting at 3 PM.
Currently, Maine law has decriminalized possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, making it a civil offense. The state also has a medical marijuana program in place. Portland is one of the first cities in the country to tackle legalizing medical marijuana on its own rather than as part of a statewide initiative.