Pubdate: Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Source: Portland Press Herald (ME)
Copyright: 2014 MaineToday Media, Inc.
Author: Kevin Miller


The Democratic Senate Candidate Has Been a Supporter of Legalization

WASHINGTON - Shenna Bellows, the Maine Democrat challenging 
Republican Sen. Susan Collins in this November's election, received 
endorsements on Wednesday from two organizations pushing to legalize 
marijuana at the state and federal levels.

Bellows, who supports legalization and regulating marijuana more like 
alcohol, received the endorsements from the political action 
committees of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana 
Laws (NORML) as well as the Marijuana Policy Project. A bill has been 
introduced in the current Congress to legalize marijuana but is 
unlikely to pass.

"Shenna Bellows has been at the forefront of the fight for marijuana 
legalization even before beginning this campaign," Erik Altieri, 
manager of the NORML PAC, said in a statement released by the Bellows 
campaign. "During her tenure leading the Maine ACLU, Shenna has 
demonstrated she has the skill and determination to fight for 
sensible reforms and has proven to be a vocal and articulate leader 
in calling for the end of marijuana prohibition."

The Marijuana Policy Project was heavily involved in last year's 
legalization vote in Portland and is gearing up for a 2016 ballot 
initiative to legalize pot statewide in Maine.
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