2016 is going to be a big year for state's trying to legalize marijuana, and each state must come to terms on which marijuana campaign works best for them. Two major initiatives in Maine with similar proposals joined together this week to finish gathering signatures by January. The groups realized their best shot was to work together and compromise. Other states will not be so lucky, as many different marijuana legalization campaigns are working separately and with different goals.
"Either one of our measures would have passed but all of us had our doubts about what would happen if there were two measures on the ballot," said Lynne Williams, general counsel for Legalize Maine, whose members played a key role in legalizing medical marijuana in the state. "It's probably always better to work together than to work on parallel tracks."