LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates are ready to submit their final batch of petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

Citizens for a Safer Maine says it has collected more than 1,250 total signatures - exceeding the 859 necessary to qualify for the ballot in Maine's second-largest city.

They'll be presented Friday.

Spokesman David Boyer said he hopes the City Council will approve the measure. If it doesn't, as was the case in South Portland, then the measure would go on the November ballot. The city of Portland passed a referendum last year allowing recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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