AUGUSTA, Maine (April 12, 2018) – Yesterday, the Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill to implement and regulate the state’s adult-use marijuana market. Final passage of the bill into law would effectuate a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana and further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect.
Rep. Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth) and Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) introduced House Bill 1719 (LD1719) last December. The legislation would create a legal structure to license, regulate and tax the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana in Maine.
As it stands under the law established by the referendum, adults in Maine can grow up to six mature marijuana plants and possess up to 2½ ounces of marijuana for personal use, but they can’t legally buy or sell it. The referendum left it to the legislature to create a framework for licensing sellers and commercial cultivation. Until that happens, it will remain illegal to buy or sell cannabis in the state.
Last year, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a similar bill in part because it would put the state in conflict with federal law.
LD1719 made some compromises to gain more support, including stripping a provision that would have allowed Mainers to buy …
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