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Medical Marijuana User Stages One-Man Rally

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Drivers honked their horns, police cars drifted pass, and Seamus Maguire of Portland lit a pipe on Franklin Street and puffed out what he said was marijuana smoke.

"It really blows their mind when they find out it's legal," he said of passersby to Maguire's one-man rally.

Maguire kept his pipe nearby, partly as a prop. Armed with a bullhorn, he hoisted signs and made his case through a bullhorn, campaigning for LD 1453, Rep. Diane Russell's bill to legalize pot in Maine.

"Legalize it and tax it, folks! It's on the table," Seamus bellowed to motorists. Tuesday's push for legalization of marijuana in Maine caused many drivers to honk their approval; others just stared.

One driver who was idling at a red light on Somerset Street shouted to Maguire, letting him know that police were in the area. Maguire, puffing on his pipe, yelled back to the driver that he had medical approval to use marijuana.

"I'm legal," Maguire said.

"I wish I were," the driver retorted.

Maguire said he's been a medical user of marijuana for 10 years in his treatment for lymphoma.

"I'll be here, I'll be at the State House, I'm a cancer survivor and this is my passion," he said.

Maguire began waving signs in the traffic island on Franklin Street Tuesday morning and promised to continue his campaign while Russell's bill moves through the Maine Legislature. The bill is scheduled for a May 10 committee hearing in Augusta.

"I am a firm believer that it is time for it to be legalized and taxed, and I believe that our police officers should be able to pursue pedophiles and not potheads," Maguire said. "It's a waste of time when someone can injure or hurt someone so badly and only do five years in a state mental hospital, and a marijuana user gets five years in prison. It's silly."

Maguire has made his presence known in the marijuana legalization debate.

"Seamus, I love Seamus," Russell said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "He is a diehard loyalist, he is perennially out there supporting me, and he is very interested in seeing this bill pass."

Maguire is "a good guy," Russell added, "he's got a big heart, and he's such a sweet man. ... He's actually been impacted by cancer."

Asked what he thought of Republican support for Russell's bill (Naples Republican Rep. Richard Cebra is a co-sponsor of Russell's legislation), Maguire declined to be drawn into a political argument. Instead, he simply said, "It's not about party lines, it's about helping the people of the state."


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GreenZombie

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That is just awesome. Go Seamus!

The world needs more people like him, doing what he does, putting himself out there like that shows real passion and a lot of courage. Big props to him!
 

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I was thinking the same thing. Excellent Job by this dude. I have to admit, I did kinda the same thing to the Verizon guy today. Internet was down, and I decided to teach him a thing or 2 about MMJ, in a peaceful nice way of course. Made for a good conversation. :)
 
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