National group outraises Maine effort in marijuana legalization bid

A nationally-backed campaign to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine is raising more money than a local effort that has the same goal.

Maine campaign finance reports say the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $104,166 this year. The filings also say the group raised $53,011 during the quarter that ended June 30.

The group is backed by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, which donated $50,000 to the campaign in June.

Filings say local group Legalize Maine raised $25,290 during the same quarter. The group has raised $55,575 this year.

Both groups are asking residents if the question of legalization should be on the ballot in 2016.