- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates say they’ve collected enough signatures to send the measure to voters in South Portland.

The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure on Aug. 4. If they reject the measure, then it’ll automatically go to voters on the November ballot.

Marijuana advocates submitted more than 1,500 signatures - far more than the necessary 959 valid signatures of registered city voters.

David Boyer of the Maine Marijuana Project says the measure would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It would remain illegal to consume or display marijuana in public. Under state law, possessing 2 1/2 ounces or less of marijuana is a civil offense, where violators are issued a ticket and fined.

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