Voters in South Portland and Lewiston will vote on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in November.

Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will cast ballots on the issue Nov. 4, while a planned vote in York is increasingly unlikely.

Advocates of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana kicked off a campaign in Lewiston on Tuesday in support of upcoming votes on the issue there and in South Portland.

Supporters, led by the Marijuana Policy Project, held a rally at Kennedy Park in support of Lewiston’s Question 2, which would make possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. A similar question is on the Nov. 4 ballot in South Portland.

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Voters in South Portland and Lewiston will vote on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in November. Press Herald File Photo/John Patriquin

“Every day more and more people support making marijuana legal,” said David Boyer, Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “They see it makes more sense to have marijuana regulated instead of keeping it illegal.”

As voters in South Portland and Lewiston prepare to vote on the issue, it’s increasingly clear legalization advocates are not likely to challenge a recent court decision that kept the same question off the ballot in York. The deadline to appeal the decision is Friday.

A York County Superior Court judge ruled Sept. 19 that the York Board of Selectmen did not have to put the question on the local ballot because it was not a lawful topic since marijuana use is governed by state and federal law. The day of the ruling was the deadline for York selectmen to approve items for the November ballot.

“It’s really not a lawful topic,” Justice Paul Fritzsche said in announcing his ruling. “It’s not one that is the area of governance for the municipality.”

Boyer said the group will decide later this week whether to appeal the decision …read more