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Maine Marijuana Opponents Can't Get Enough Volunteers for Legalization Recount

Legalization proponents chipping in with extra volunteers.

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Opponents of the Maine referendum to legalize marijuana, which passed by a margin of 4,073 votes, or half a percent, have been unable to muster together the 10 volunteers they were asked to contribute to a recount effort they've demanded.

The Portland Press Herald reports that No on 1, which requested a recount, has not offered a full list of volunteer counters to authorities—instead, proponents of marijuana legalization (Yes on 1), have offered additional volunteers for the recount process in order to prevent delays. The recount will continue until December 16, then resume on January 1 after the holidays. Legalization is supposed to go into effect in January, although it's unclear when, and it will take at least one more year for the state to set up the regulatory structure it wants to impose on the marijuana industry in the state.

Yes on 1's campaign manager noted that it was "silly" that his side had to offer its own volunteers in lieu of their opponents, who requested the recount. "The whole point is to ensure the integrity of the vote and they can't be bothered to do that," David Boyer said, according to the Press Herald. "What are we doing here?"

It's not so surprising that opponents of marijuana legalization would request a recount and then not offer help to accomplish it. One hallmark of the nanny stater is the belief that someone else should be responsible for their desires. The recount is expected to cost nearly half a million dollars and, according to Boyer, the recounts completed so far haven't significantly changed the totals—the state will not release recount numbers until the counting is finished.

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  1. “One hallmark of the nanny stater is the belief that someone else should be responsible for their desires.”
    That’s a good summation.

  2. “Opponents of the Maine referendum to legalize marijuana, which passed by a margin of 4,073 votes, or half a percent, have been unable to muster together the 10 volunteers they were asked to contribute to a recount effort they’ve demanded.”

    So exactly how many “opponents” were there, anyway? Not even ten? I’m speechless. Like “what Susan Boyle looks like now” speechless.

    1. They only found 8 volunteers. Number 6 will shock you.

      1. Number 2 administered the shocks to Number 6. Get your TV history right.

  3. Well, obviously, they have the wrong person organizing this recount. I hear that Jill Stein will be available soon and taking donations for the cause.

  4. Wait until the Sessionasaurus arrives in town. He’ll show them dopers a thing or two.

    1. Trump was just trolling. Can’t you take a joke?

  5. If someone requests a recount, and then refuses to send volunteers to do that recount, doesn’t that make the recount request null and void?

    1. From the linked article:

      And, while the state asks each side to provide equal numbers of volunteer counters, there is no state law requiring the No on 1 campaign to provide a certain number of volunteers in order to proceed with the recount.

      It seems that no, it doesn’t invalidate the request.

      1. But if no one from either side sends volunteers, then there’s no recount and so the vote stands. Right?

        1. I wouldn’t be so optimistic.

        2. Nope, the state backfills the volunteers. Ideally, Maine wants ten volunteers from each side, and ten people from the state to do the recounts. If one side, or both, cannot muster the ten volunteers, Maine officials will stand in.

      2. while the state asks each side to provide equal numbers of volunteer counters

        What if one side sends one half of one percent more than the other side? Rock, paper, scissors to the death I hope.

  6. Please, let’s just have a war on pot. Forget nuking North Africa, rounding up and killing illegals, or paving over the inner cities while people are still living there. A war on pot would be so much fun and would make everyone happy.

    1. I’m 100% certain you’re getting your wish on that, shreek.

  7. Wait…What? The recount is expected to cost 1/2M, but is being recounted by human VOLUNTEERS. Where in the fuck is the 1/2M going? Are they spending $500,000 to provide lunches for the volunteers? Tell you what, Maine. You give me the 1/2M, and I’ll recount every single ballot as many times as you want by myself.

    1. It would take 1 person about 20 weeks, working 8 hours, 7 days a week, to count all the ballots. That’s a high paying job, right there.

      1. That assumes 5 seconds per ballot.

        1. Lift ballot, make tally, place ballot in Complete box. yeah, bout 5secs.

          Somebody has stuffed envelopes before.

        2. It’ll take longer than 5 seconds per ballot. Your average will go up when ballots are unclear, disputed, someone interrupts you and you have to re-examine. Averages are a bitch.

  8. “The whole point is to ensure the integrity of the vote and they can’t be bothered to do that,”

    In all honesty, I’m not sure whom I dislike more; the idiots who demanded a referendum and didn’t send the not-exactly-required volunteers or the recount volunteers who showed up to lend democracy a hand and enforce the rules, any outcome, fair and square.

    Sucks that the issue of marijuana legalization, and all it entails, is in these peoples’ hands though.

  9. The recount is expected to cost nearly half a million dollars and, according to Boyer, the recounts completed so far haven’t significantly changed the totals

    All that really matters is sweet overtime for AFSCME members.

  10. I was gonna recount some votes, but then I got high…

  11. Potheads were motivated to not only vote but to also do a recount? There goes another old wives’ meme.

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