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Pot advocates turn in signatures in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Marijuana advocates have submitted their petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 and older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

Citizens for a Safer Maine on Friday turned in more than 1,250 total signatures -- exceeding the 859 necessary to qualify for the ballot in Maine's second-largest city.

Spokesman David Boyer said the measure will now go before the City Council. If the council doesn't approve it, as was the case in South Portland, the measure will still go on the November ballot. Boyer said two city council members signed the petition.

The city of Portland passed a referendum last year allowing recreational use of marijuana by adults.