PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of medical professionals came out in support of Question 1 on Wednesday.
Question 1 asks Maine voters if they want to 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.
A retired doctor, a psychotherapist, and a registered nurse voiced their opinions on why they believe that regulating marijuana would be beneficial.
"I have never treated an overdose of THC or marijuana," said Ron Springel, M.D., a former emergency room doctor.
“The governor’s comments on marijuana legalization were simply absurd. Regulating and taxing marijuana is working in other states, and it will work here in Maine too,” said Carey Clark, a registered nurse and Maine resident who is featured in the ad.
Clark said marijuana can be used to treat some forms of chronic pain in place of some opioids.
“As a nurse, I would remind the governor that marijuana is being used in place of opiates, especially for pain management and to assist people in decreasing or eliminating their reliance on opioids. It’s time to leave ‘Reefer Madness’ in the past and move forward with a more sensible approach. Once people understand how it works in the body to create homeostasis, it begins to make sense," said Clark.
Clark is featured in a new ad released Wednesday that will air in the Bangor area.
The No on 1 campaign also released a new ad. It focuses on Attorney General Janet Mills' comments that the language of the question does not strictly state that people under 21 can not use the drug.
Supporters say the question was thoroughly vetted by lawyers and the Secretary of State.
"At no point over the course of that time, did anyone flag any concerns. It says 21 and over over and over again in the bill. The intent is clear. The effect is clear," said Melnick.
No on 2 campaign director Scott Gagnon said the Maine Medical Association came out against Question 2. Maine Chiefs of Police also came out against Question 1.
"These new TV and radio ads are part of our push to ensure all Maine voters know exactly what they are voting on November 8th. We think whether or not one supports the idea of marijuana legalization, we should all be on the same page that a bill that legalizes youth marijuana possession is unacceptable." said Scott Gagnon. "The Yes on 1 campaign continues to deny the loophole buried in their 30 page bill, so we will be working hard to make sure all Mainers see and understand what Question 1 would really mean for Maine and Maine's youth."
The language of the question says that people would only be allowed to use marijuana in private places... including proposed "social clubs." Using it anywhere else could result in a fine of no more than $100.