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Maine Governor Proposes Pushing Back Legal Cannabis Sales Until 2019

October 19, 2017
(Andrew Harnik/AP)
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative re-write of the voter-approved marijuana law.
The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to consider a re-write offered by a legislative committee handling marijuana implementation.


Maine Lawmakers Leave Key Cannabis Questions Unanswered

Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said he is sponsoring Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to delay recreational marijuana sales to January 2019. Lawmakers had previously pushed back implementation to February.

Fredette said there are concerns about the committee’s proposal and lawmakers having the time to read the 70-page bill, which would also delay sales until 2019.

Advocacy group Legalize Maine said the committee’s bill would make it harder to set up marijuana businesses. The bill would require towns to “opt in” to the adult-use marijuana market.

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  • lovingc

    Long past time for LePage to be thrown on the trash heap of history. This ignorant SOB does not support the citizens of Mane!

  • HunnyBunny

    Residents of Maine, vote him out!

  • malcolmkyle

    Why is he even still there?

  • The Chadalac

    Looks like it’s time for someone to leave office. This is not your war anymore. It’s ours.

  • The politicians are trying to undo what the voters said they wanted and approved. They have already done it to Maine Tip workers, undoing what the voters approved. Now they want a 20% tax on MM and that isn’t enough, they want to push retail sales back another year. If a bill gets passed for retail sales in 2017, LePage will veto it and it is unlikely that the veto can be overridden. Election of a new Governor in 2018, hopefully we can get rid of Le Page ideals in the election of an open minded Governor.

    • Mark Ayotte

      I have an ear inside Augusta and it’s the legislators that need their minds opened. They are very busy trying to make the most money possible for the State (to the point of assuring a healthy black market) and eliminating the do it yourself portion of the law (how do you tax something grown in backyards?) . The voters need to remind their reps who they are supposed to be representing.

      • Legalization will hurt the pharmacutical and the alcohol industries, so there is a lot of pushing back against legalization.

  • Marumiyu Moriame

    time to put this clown to pasture