- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

YORK, Maine (AP) - Activists have submitted signatures to try to get an ordinance legalizing marijuana on the ballot in York.

Citizens for a Safer Maine said Thursday that it has submitted 200 signatures to the York town clerk. It needed at least 100 to be considered for the ballot.

The town’s board of selectmen can hold a public hearing and put the proposed ordinance on the ballot.

If it doesn’t, supporters can try to force a referendum by collecting about 600 signatures or 10 percent of local votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

In November, Portland became the first Maine city to approve a referendum making it legal for adults to possess marijuana. It was largely symbolic because the state said it will continue to enforce its own ban.

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