City of Portland, Maine – Legalizes Marijuana…

The Language of the Portland Marijuana Ordinance

This ordinance legalizes the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older.

It allows adults 21 years of age or older to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia.

It also allows adults 21 years of age or older to engage in activities for the purpose of ascertaining the possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

It prohibits recreational use activities in public spaces, school grounds, and on transportation infrastructure.

It prohibits adults under 21 and minors from engaging in recreational use activities.

Landlords and property owners may restrict the smoking of marijuana on their property by posting “No Smoking” signs near the entrances.

It requires the Mayor to report annually on the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance; allows city officers and employees to cooperate with federal drug enforcement authorities as required by law; and makes the City’s disciplinary procedures for officers and employees the exclusive remedy for a violation of the ordinance.

Finally, it resolves to support taxation and regulation of marijuana by the State of Maine and Federal Government.

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