Maine residents and visitors looking forward to cannabis social clubs will have to wait much longer than previously expected.
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Two legislative committees in the Pine Tree State have decided that they need more time to perfect Maine marijuana regulations. On Jan. 25. 2018, the state legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee voted to approve a moratorium bill that would delay the implementation of new medical marijuana rules issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
On Nov. 18, 2017, the group Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held an educational forum to discuss a set of new rules for medical marijuana caregivers.
It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.
Legalize Maine, the organization behind the Pine Tree State’s successful legalization initiative, has announced its opposition to a measure aimed at rewriting the state’s recreational marijuana laws.
While Maine marijuana regulation has faced delays, the Pine Tree State finally has a regulatory draft to show for itself.
In the state of Maine, a proposal set forth by the legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation aims to limit the amount of personal marijuana that can be grown on an individual’s property.
On March 27, 2017, members of Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony in favor of LD 764, a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to receive organ transplants.
Since Maine voters legalized marijuana, real estate brokers in the state are seeing an increased demand for industrial space, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s industrial real estate market had been improving in recent years, and the need for marijuana business space has given the sector a new boost.
Adult-use marijuana legalization in Maine is set for Jan. 30, 2017, but the law included a nine-month delay in retail sales to allow lawmakers to set rules. Now Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, Maine, and Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, Maine, have proposed extending the delay until Feb. 1, 2018.
Maine Gov. Paul LaPage on Dec. 31, 2016, signed a proclamation certifying the state’s narrow vote to approve adult-use of marijuana, according to a Jan. 3, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. LaPage confirmed the signature during a Jan. 3, 2017, radio show program during which he also urged Maine legislators to set a moratorium on marijuana sales.
On Dec. 17, 2016, an anti-legalization group in Maine withdrew its recount request with the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections, ending the recount of Question 1, an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
Opponents of legalization in Maine have come under fire after failing to produce enough volunteers for the first two and a half days of a statewide ballot recount for Question 1, a marijuana legalization initiative that was narrowly approved by voters.
According to a letter dated July 8, 2016, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has denied a petition by Dawson Julia, a medical marijuana caregiver, to add “Addiction to Opiates and drugs derived from chemical synthesis” to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
In Maine, medical marijuana activists are hoping to convince state lawmakers to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions to include one of the most pressing medical conditions in the United States: opioid addiction.