Maine Lawmakers Authorize Cannabis Guideline and Application Expense
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For Immediate Release Monday, October 23, 2017 Contact
David Boyer, Maine Political Director
207-274-4633, [e-mail protected] Maine Lawmakers Approve Cannabis
Regulation and Execution Bill Bipartisan effort will establish a regulatory structure for legal cannabis sales and cultivation, sets timeline for implementing voter-approved initiative AUGUSTA, Maine– On Monday, Maine legislators approved a bill
that would establish guidelines for the legal marijuana market, with the House voting 81-50 and the Senate voting 22-9 prior to both chambers passed the procedure in an” under the hammer”or consentaneous vote. This omnibus expense, LD 1650, was the conclusion of nearly 7 months of work by the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee. The bill creates the guidelines for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments; sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana; and will delay marijuana usage social clubs up until the summertime of 2019.”We commend the legislature for supporting the will of individuals by passing this costs to execute a controlled marijuana market without additional hold-up, “stated David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Task.” This bill was developed transparently and inclusively, and while it might not be ideal, it essentially does exactly what Maine citizens desired when they approved Question 1 in 2015. It is time to start pursuing that goal of getting the cannabis market out of the hands of bad guys and under the control of the state and legitimate services.” Recently, Gov. Paul LePage and Home Minority Leader Ken Fredette( R-Newport )revealed legislation that would further delay legal marijuana
sales and cultivation till 2019– three years after voters approved Concern 1, which made cannabis legal for adults and controlled similarly to alcohol. This moratorium expense was defeated in the legislature on Monday. Gov. LePage has likewise threatened to veto the implementation bill.”As long as this obstruction continues, Maine will continue to fall farther behind the other states that are effectively controling marijuana for adults,”Boyer said.
“We know how to continue with this market. Lingering only benefits drug dealers, while hurting consumers and taxpayers. We will continue working to make sure the legislature takes appropriate action without further hold-up, despite the Governor’s actions.”# # # The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s biggest marijuana policy company. To learn more, check out http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.