Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Retail

Nearly three years after voters in the state approved legalized marijuana, Maine is finally inching closer to fully regulated pot sales.

Janet Mills, Maine’s Democratic governor, said Friday that she intended to sign a law that establishes rules over the sale of recreational marijuana. A day earlier, the state’s legislature passed the bill at the 11th, approving the measure just before the summer recess.

A spokesperson for Mills told the Associated Press that the governor would sign the bill in the next few days, and Maine officials have indicated that stores selling marijuana could open their doors by 2020. Continue reading “Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Retail”

Marijuana Extraction Specialists May Get Their Own Licenses In Maine

After years of operating in the shadows, people who make marijuana-infused foods, tinctures and oils for qualified medical patients may finally get their own state license.

State lawmakers who oversee Maine’s medical marijuana program want to license and regulate the use of explosive chemicals or gases to extract concentrates from the cannabis plant.

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Maine’s Marijuana Laws up in the Air as Lawmakers Vote to Rewrite Law

Maine lawmakers returned to Augusta and took steps to decide the future of two voter-approved laws, one that legalized recreational marijuana and the other that created a first-of-its-kind ranked voting system for political candidates.

Lawmakers on Monday voted to rewrite the state’s recreational marijuana law and delay a new voting system. Continue reading “Maine’s Marijuana Laws up in the Air as Lawmakers Vote to Rewrite Law”

State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis

A bipartisan bill has been introduced by freshman House Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.), that would remove marijuana completely from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing cannabis under federal law. Garrett, who replaced cannabis prohibitionist US Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia’s fifth congressional district, campaigned on a promise to make cannabis reform a priority. Continue reading “State of the Leaf: House Republican Wants to Deschedule Cannabis”

Recreational Marijuana in Maine Becomes Legal Today

It’s marijuana Monday in Maine. Today, Maine joins seven other states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, despite federal prohibitions on the drug.

The road to legalization in Maine was bumpy, starting with two competing initiatives and a legal challenge to getting the referendum question on the November ballot. Continue reading “Recreational Marijuana in Maine Becomes Legal Today”

Contention continues: Anti-marijuana group pushes to delay Maine’s new law

Campaigners who opposed a referendum to make marijuana legal in Maine are now calling for a moratorium on implementation of legalization.

Voters narrowly approved legalization of marijuana last month. The new law calls for a nine-month implementation period in which state regulators will make rules for marijuana retailers and social clubs. Continue reading “Contention continues: Anti-marijuana group pushes to delay Maine’s new law”

What You Need to Know as Maine Moves Towards Cannabis Legalization

The Question 1 recount is over. And Wednesday, the Maine secretary of state certified the election results. Question 1, which legalizes the possession, cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana, will soon become law.

Soon, but not yet. Continue reading “What You Need to Know as Maine Moves Towards Cannabis Legalization”

Recount of Maine’s Marijuana Vote Takes Place

The recount of votes on Maine’s contentious marijuana legalization initiative began Monday in Augusta with volunteers slowly hand-sorting thousands of “Yes” and “No” ballots, one by one. Continue reading “Recount of Maine’s Marijuana Vote Takes Place”