When Maine voters legalized adult-use marijuana on Nov. 8, 2016, the new law included a delay in retail sales until late 2017. Now two Maine legislators have proposed an extension of that delay, drawing opposition from the people who pushed to get the marijuana measure on the ballot, according to a Jan. 11, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald.
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 time to set rules and regulations. 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.
The move has David Boyer, who led the fight for adult-use marijuana in Maine, pointing to Colorado, which was able to begin retail sales within nine months of legalization. He thinks there is no need for the bill extending the delay.
“It’s being submitted as emergency legislation so that means they will need two-thirds of the House and Senate to pass this,” Boyer said. “We are cautiously optimistic we will be able to bring together a coalition of progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans to put the brakes on this.”