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Police Still Enforcing Marijuana Possession Laws in Portland

| December 6, 2013


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Portland police say they will continue enforcing state laws on marijuana possession despite the new ordinance that legalizes marijuana for those 21 and older. ┬áPolice Chief Michael Sauschuck has said state law supersedes local ordinances. David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project said the law remains a “major step toward broader marijuana policy reform in Maine.” It remains illegal to smoke pot in public under law, which went into effect Friday. Maine is one of 16 states that have decriminalized possession of certain amounts of marijuana. That means someone caught possessing less than 2.5 ounces is subject to a civil summons unless the drug is being furnished or packaged for sale or distribution.

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