Several proponents celebrated the lopsided passage of the ordinance by smoking a foot-long joint outside a downtown bar.
“We certainly hope people respect the ordinance,” said City Councilor David Marshall, a member of the Portland Green Independent Committee, which spearheaded the legalization effort. “The ordinance clearly says you can’t do it in public.”
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, the Portland Greens will hold an informal panel discussion in the State of Maine room at City Hall to clear the air about what the ordinance says and how it interacts with state and federal laws, which prohibit possession of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Invited panelists include Marshall, Mayor Michael Brennan, City Manager Mark Rees, the American Civil Liberties Union and attorney Murrough O’Brien, according to a press release.
The public is invited to ask questions about how the ordinance will be enacted.
On Nov. 5, 67 percent of Portland voters supported legalizing possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. The ordinance allows adults to possess marijuana in public, but prohibits people from using it in public. It is still illegal under city ordinance to buy or sell marijuana and landlords can still prohibit smoking marijuana in their apartments.
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