Veto Override: Maine Enacts Bill to Implement Legal Marijuana Sales and Cultivation, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Effect

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 8, 2018) – Last week, the Maine House and Senate voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to implement and regulate the state’s adult-use marijuana market. The new law will 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 creates 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. With the passage of LD1719, the state will be able to write rules to effectuate a licensing program.

LePage vetoed LD1719 based on “federal supremacy.”

“I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and I …

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