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Cannabis “gifting” businesses have sprung up in Maine to meet the demand of residents who are legally allowed to smoke weed to their hearts’ content, but still aren’t permitted to buy it. Voters in the Pine Tree State approved recreational legalization via a ballot measure back in 2016, but conservative state legislators have been working with Gov. Paul LePage to continually delay the rollout of retail sales.
Last year, lawmakers enacted a moratorium on retail sales in order to have time to create a system to tax, license, and regulate the retail pot market. Gov. LePage, who opposes legalization entirely, proposed that retail sales be pushed all the way back until 2019 — which may ultimately be the case, as Maine’s legislature failed last month to both extend the formal moratorium on legal sales or pass a regulated sales bill, leaving the state of Maine’s marijuana market up in the air until state lawmakers can reach an agreement.
The delays in establishing a proper retail market leaves Maine in a legal grey area where there is great