On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.
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Maine’s governor is pushing for lawmakers to delay the start of legal recreational marijuana sales instead of rewriting the voter-approved marijuana law.
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.
It looks like residents of the Pine Tree State will now have to wait several more months for recreational marijuana sales in Maine.
As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales nears, a Maine legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement and discourage the illicit market.
Medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers are quietly lobbying state lawmakers to allow them to sell pot to recreational users before retail cannabis stores open in Maine next year.
Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the state’s medical marijuana program. Maine voters passed Question 1, the marijuana legalization referendum, on Nov. 8, 2016, leading LePage to say “we’ve got to get rid of medical marijuana” on a recent interview with a radio show.
If marijuana legalization is coming to Maine, it will likely have to happen next year. On June 22, 2015, the Maine House of Representatives rejected LD 1380, a bill aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, by a vote of 98-45.
Marijuana advocates in Maine were disappointed last Thursday to find out members of a legislative committee voted to reject a bill that sought to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
It is not even 2015, and already the prevailing narrative is about state legislatures deciding whether or not to act on cannabis reform ahead of planned citizen-led ballot initiatives.