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Maine rec legalization recount to begin Monday

Published November 30, 2016

A formal recount of Maine’s election results on recreational cannabis legalization is set to begin Monday and is expected to take four to six weeks and cost the state up to half a million dollars.

Question 1, the formal name of the Maine rec initiative, was approved by less than a 1% margin of votes cast on Election Day, and cannabis opponents seized on that as a possible way to negate its passage.

According to unofficial results from the secretary of state’s office, Question 1 was approved 381,692 to 377,619, a difference of only 4,073 votes.

Unless Question 1 is overturned, recreational use and possession of cannabis will become legal in Maine by Jan. 7 for anyone 21 or older.

Maine rec legalization recount to begin Monday Published November 30, 2016 A formal recount of Maine’s election results on recreational cannabis legalization is set to begin Monday and is

Recount of Maine’s Marijuana Initiative Vote Gets Underway

AUGUSTA, Maine – The recount of the ballot question that would allow the recreational use of marijuana in Maine is underway in Augusta.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says it could take months to complete if all of the nearly 760,000 ballots that were cast are recounted. He says the apparent winning margin of 4,073 will be hard to overturn.

“You would have to have not less than somewhere between four and eight votes change in every town, and they all would have to change in your direction,” Dunlap says.

At best, Dunlap says 25,000 ballots a day can be counted. With the upcoming holidays, Dunlap says if all ballots are re-counted it will be January before it’s completed.

Moreover, he says if new citizen initiatives are filed – and several petitions are being circulated – a court ruling gives processing those the priority and could delay completion of recounting the ballots that were cast on Question One.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The recount of the ballot question that would allow the recreational use of marijuana in Maine is underway in Augusta. Secretary of State