- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YORK, Maine (AP) - Maine pro-marijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November’s ballot.

Supporters of the referendum item filed a lawsuit in York County Superior Court on Wednesday. If passed the referendum would make it legal for people age 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in the town of York. Similar ballot questions are set for Lewiston and South Portland.

The activists collected signatures to place the referendum on the ballot. York’s selectmen voted not to by a count of 3-2 at a meeting earlier this month. Some York officials say legalizing marijuana would conflict with the town’s charter.

Plaintiffs in the case include residents who signed the petitions.

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