I got involved in drug policy because when I worked for the Drug Policy Alliance in law school and the ACLU of Maine here in my home state. Since then, I’ve been working with people across Maine to improve our marijuana laws so they protect privacy and civil liberties and increase access for Maine patients. It’s time we recognize the total failure of the criminal justice approach to substance use and abuse and take steps to pass laws that recognize the low risks, wide availability and responsible use by thousands of Maine adults.
Question 1 will allow home cultivation for all adults, will create access for the many Maine adults who still cannot legally obtain marijuana through our medical program and will generate millions we can use to improve public health programs, address our opioid crisis, or fund our schools – as they’ve done in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. It’s time to take this important step so we can begin the difficult work of implementing the law in the best way for Maine people.