- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine officials say a pro-marijuana group can begin collecting signatures in support of a statewide referendum supporting legalization.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project will ask residents if the question of legalization should be on the ballot in 2016. A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of the Secretary of State says the state signed off on the group’s petition on Wednesday. She says the state will post information about the initiative online by Thursday at the latest.

The group can now begin collecting the 61,123 signatures it needs to get the question to voters.

Another group called Legalize Maine got approval to collect signatures for a legalization drive earlier in the spring.

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