Flag_of_Maine.svgPortland, Maine can now officially assume its previously resident-dubbed pseudo name Potland due to the passing of Question 1, which is a law that will decriminalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 years of age and older within city limits.

That’s right, Potland now dons the privilege as being the first city on the entire East coast to bring some sort of intelligence to the futility that is marijuana prohibition.

“Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation’s failed marijuana prohibition laws. We applaud Portland voters for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented,” David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project avowed.

Proponents of marijuana legalization in Maine are hopeful that yesterday’s victory can be parlayed into a statewide effort that would bring an end to prohibition in the state by regulating the substance similar to alcohol.

“Now that marijuana is legal for adults in Maine’s largest city, there is an even greater need for comprehensive reform at the state level. By regulating marijuana like alcohol, we could take sales out of the hands of drug cartels in the underground market and put them behind the counters of licensed, tax-paying businesses. It’s time to move beyond prohibition and adopt a more sensible approach,” MPP’s political director affirmed.

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Truthfully, with the inflated projected prices per gram for marijuana in states that have legalized it for recreational purposes, the black market will continue to thrive, if not even more now that citizens can legally possess the substance. No one is going to ask where you purchased your pot as long as you’re within the legal possession amounts.

Regulating marijuana similar to alcohol? Really? I don’t think that’s the proper approach. Take Washington’s Initiative 502 for example, do you really want an entity that is custom to dealing with liquor to be responsible for regulating the marijuana industry? Legal American citizens that grow their own marijuana supply aren’t going to stop just because it’s now legally offered at Wal-Pot. Home cultivators will continue to produce their own supply without a doubt. The ending of alcohol prohibition wasn’t hinged on regulating it similar to something else.

It’s not necessary to sell marijuana in retail outlets in order to give the black market a black eye in respect to crippling its operations. Simply redirect efforts and reallocate funds that are being wildly misused by the entity known as the Drug Enforcement Administration. That would necessitate changing their title to something a little more apropos, such as Team America or the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

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  • Brande B

    After the words “Truthfully, with the inflated projected prices…” this article took a major downhill turn. Saying that legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes would actually make the black market for it stronger is ignorant. Do you have kids around America walking around with bottles of moonshine? No, because once alcohol was legalized the black market for it all but disappeared. Secondly, saying that marijuana cannot be compared to alcohol and shouldn’t be regulated by the same people who regulate alcohol is laughable. I would love to hear the author’s viewpoint on exactly who should regulate recreational marijuana if NOT the same people who have been dealing with alcohol. Who better equipped than them, please, enlighten me. And, if this author thinks they can single handedly re appropriate DEA funds in a way which makes the war on drugs a success, I’m sure quite a few people in Washington would be very interested. The reason marijuana prohibition is coming to an end is because it was never a viable fight, and everyone knows it. The sentence ” The ending of alcohol prohibition wasn’t hinged on regulating it similar to something else.” is also noteworthy, because the sentence itself is absolutely worthless. So what? Yes, when alcohol prohibition was ended, it was done blindly, without having an already successful prohibition-eding model to follow. And, guess what? It was such a good idea, it worked anyways! Ending prohibition on marijuana is MORE likely to be successful BECAUSE we have already done it before with alcohol, and know exactly how to go about it. I sincerely question the intelligence of the author of this article.

  • DopeSmoker

    I agree, B! To a certain extent, but when calling someone out on their level of intellignece (or the lack there of in this instance) it’s usaully best for that person to be educated as well. I can’t say I agree with the author here, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, even the uneducated.

  • MeeMan

    ““Now that marijuana is legal for adults in Maine’s largest city,…”

    It’s not legal, it’s merely decriminalised for a certain amount. If it were legal then the amount would be irrelevant, just as it is with the amount of alcohol or tobacco or bottles of gas and petrol I buy is down to how much I want, not how much I’m “allowed” to have.

    Police State, anyone?

    But still, … it’s a nice start.

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  • Stanky Dankster

    Full Definition of RECREATIONAL
    1: of, relating to, or characteristic of recreation
    2: of or relating to recreational drugs or their use

    Examples of RECREATIONAL
    -Marijuana is a recreational drug.

    rec·re·a·tion
    -noun ˌre-krē-ˈā-shən
    -Something people do to relax or have fun : activities done for enjoyment.

    Full Definition of RECREATION
    -Refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also : a means of refreshment or diversion : hobby

    No one should regulate your *leisure…

    *lei·sure noun ˈlē-zhər, ˈle-, ˈlā-
    -Time when you are not working : time when you can do whatever you want to do.

    Hey, just my personal opinion… As long as I’m not disrupting the peace and not hurting anyone…
    “Why the f*ck should anyone care?”

  • Stanky Dankster

    oops… this comment somehow made it on here twice.
    lol