- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A nationally backed pro-marijuana group is out-fundraising its local competitor in the early stages of two Maine campaigns to legalize recreational use of the drug.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised more than $50,000 between January and the end of March. The group is an effort of the national Marijuana Policy Project. The local group, Legalize Maine, has raised $30,000.

Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol leader David Boyer says most of the group’s money is from Marijuana Policy Project. The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1PgUbb3 ) reports that Legalize Maine’s money is coming from contributions of $5,000 or less from Maine residents and businesses.

The two groups want to collect enough signatures to get legalization on the ballot in 2016. Campaign filings are officially due to the state Friday.



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