Residents won’t see legalizing pot on ballot

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FALMOUTH — The measure to legalize marijuana for adults in Maine will not be on the November ballot this year.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has its headquarters on U.S. Route 1 and led the legalization effort, submitted over 103,000 signatures to election officials in Augusta on Feb. 1.

A press release from the Maine Secretary of State’s Office said the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions received 20,671 petitions with 99,229 total signatures of those who support the initiative.

In order to qualify for the ballot, 61,123 valid signatures from Maine residents were required. State officials said the campaign only submitted 51,543 valid signatures, meaning 47,686 are not valid.

The campaign issued a statement following the decision, saying over 17,000 valid signatures were not included in the count.

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