Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Wednesday that about 11,000 signatures his office previously disqualified have now been validated following sworn oaths from seven signature gatherers that their petition forms were signed by Stavros Mendros, a Lewiston-based notary whose firm was hired to collect signatures.

An Act to Legalize Marijuana, which seems headed to the November ballot, was forced by a citizen initiative. If successful, it would allow Mainers age 21 or older to use, possess or transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

The initiative would place a 10 percent tax on retail marijuana sales.

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Christopher Cousins ~ Bangor Daily News ~

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