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.

Gov. Paul LePage will have 10 days to issue a proclamation after he receives the certified election results. The legislation becomes law 30 days after the governor signs the proclamation.

A lot of steps can, and likely will, happen between now and then, including some changes to fix the voter-approved law. State lawmakers, who reconvene for the legislative session after the first of the year, will likely introduce proposals to change the law, including a section that some worry allows minors to possess cannabis.

But more on those changes later.

Once the legislation becomes law, the following will take place right away:

Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Adults will be able to grow up to six mature plants, 12 immature plants and an unlimited number seedlings. [Read more at Maine Public]

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