- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine state officials will soon allow a pro-marijuana advocacy group to collect signatures in support of a statewide legalization referendum.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project wants to ask residents if the question should be on the ballot in 2016. A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of the Secretary of State says the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions plans to issue the group its petitions on Wednesday. That will allow the group to begin collecting the 61,123 signatures it needs to get the question to voters.

The group signed off on its final petition language on May 11. Another group called Legalize Maine got approval to collect signatures for a legalization drive earlier in the spring.

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