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from the Portland Press Herald:
With the passage, Portland become the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana.
Residents voted on an ordinance that would – under city law – legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults age 21 or older. It does not set up a legal way to obtain the drug.
The referendum is seen by some as another step toward legalization across the country, and supporters say they will build on support in Portland with a statewide legalization effort in the next two years.
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and illegal for non-medical uses under state law. This referendum's success can be seen as a proof of concept for statewide legalization efforts.