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Question 1 recount finds no change; clears way for marijuana legalization in Maine

FILE - A recount by the Secretary of State's Office for Question 1 has affirmed the Election Night passage of marijuana legalization by Maine voters. (WGME).

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Secretary of State's Office says the Question 1 recount for the legalization of marijuana has formally concluded and the results are headed to the governor.

Question 1 will allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance.

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Voters passed the question on Election Night, Nov. 8, with a margin of 4,073 votes in favor.

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Elections Division staff and volunteers recounted ballots from 42 Maine municipalities, which represent about 30% of the total votes. The recount took place Dec. 5-16 in Augusta.

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Recount results showed no change in the outcome, with the “Yes” votes retaining a winning margin of 3,995 votes.

The “No on One” campaign, which had requested the recount, conceded on Saturday and both campaigns signed off on the final tally on Tuesday.

The anti-legalization group estimated that the recount cost less than $15,000 and that little to no overtime costs were necessary.

Gov. Paul LePage has 10 days to issue a proclamation. It then becomes law a month later.

LePage has expressed skepticism of legalization.

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