AUGUSTA, Maine (Nov. 14, 2017) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have created a structure to license the commercial cultivation of sale and marijuana in the state, leaving the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization efforts in limbo.
Maine voters legalized marijuana in the state through a referendum in November 2016. The legislature passed House Bill 1650 (LD1650) to implement the referendum during a special session. The legislation would have created a licensing and taxation program for marijuana sales, and put regulations in place for the commercial cultivation of cannabis. The implementation bill passed 22-9 in the Senate and 81-50 in the House.
LePage vetoed the measure, in part because it would put the state in conflict with federal law.
“Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine. If we are adopting a law that will legalize and establish a new industry and impose a new regulatory infrastructure that requires significant private and public investment, we need assurances that a change in policy … will not
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