Contact: Paul T. McCarrier, 207-615-4457 Legalizemaine@gmail.com

Lynne Williams Esq., 207-266-6327 Legalize@earthlink.net

Home Grown Marijuana Group Raises over $30,000 in Six Weeks

Legalize Maine PAC releases its April quarterly finance report.

Freedom, ME– After being the first group to submit a citizens initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana, Legalize Maine has raised over $30,000 in the first quarter of 2015. Donors include 18 local businesses and 23 individual donors from across Maine. Donations ranged from as low as $20 to as high as $5,000, with farmers, electricians and rural general stores being strong supporters of Legalize Maine. With the goal of putting the question to legalize marijuana on the 2016 ballot, Legalize Maine’s first campaign finance report shows strong local support.

“We are humbled by the support we have received from our neighbors and local businesses” Legalize Maine’s president Paul T. McCarrier said Tuesday. “This shows how local people and small businesses want a legalization measure that is by Mainers and for Mainers.”

Legalize Maine’s expenses show its continued support of local businesses, with all of the organization’s printing, meeting and food costs going to local businesses such as SBS printing in Waterville, Bollies in Hallowell, Brian Boru in Portland, and the Riverside Cafe in Ellsworth.

“These small businesses are local institutions that we as Mainers need to support. Just like our local medical marijuana industry, they provide jobs to Mainers, who spend money in our communities.” Said McCarrier “It’s Legalize Maine’s mission to support these local businesses and keep the money from the future recreational marijuana industry in Maine.

Since announcing in February that Legalize Maine had submitted its legalization initiative to the Secretary of States office, dozens of volunteers have come forward to offer their time and energy to help Legalize Maine on its mission. The local organization has already held four volunteer training’s in Augusta, Bangor, Ellsworth and Portland to energize volunteers and prepare for the start of signature gathering, which McCarrier expects to start on April 10th.

“We have had over 100 Mainers volunteer to collect signatures and to date have conducted four training’s,” Said Lynne Williams, volunteer coordinator for Legalize Maine “and recruited coordinators in all but one Maine county, as well as the cities of Portland and Bangor.”