This week at Down East, I take a look at the 1999 medical marijuana referendum as a reference point for this November's vote on expanding the law to allow state-regulated non-profit dispensaries.
Despite the 10-year time difference, I think the results of the 1999 referendum is still the most useful information in predicting the outcome this November. Little in-state polling has been done on the issue in the intervening years and when I tried matching marijuana-related arrests by county to the electoral data, I found only a small correlation, without statistical significance.
Data used in the map is from the Maine Secretary of State and Maine Geographic Information Systems. Blue towns voted for medical marijuana, with darker shades representing higher margins in favor. Towns in shades of orange voted against the initiative.