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The town of Monmouth is asking voters to pass a 180-day moratorium on recreational marijuana sales so the town can continue to draft rules that would regulate the sale of the recently legalized substance and remain consistent with changes being made at the state level.

After Maine voters approved the legalization of commercial marijuana last November, the Monmouth Planning Board began drafting an ordinance that would limit where it can be sold in town and how many licenses can be issued for its sale, among other things, said David Shaw, the town’s code enforcement officer.

Officials originally were hoping to seek voter approval for that ordinance last spring or this fall, Shaw said, but they’ve decided to delay that vote until legislators have finished writing an amendment to the state law.

The local ordinance is just “a draft,” Shaw said. It “most likely will change, only because the state has changed their wording 180 degrees.”

Now the Select Board is asking voters to pass a 180-day moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana, to give the Planning Board more time

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Legalize Maine has come out against the proposed legislative rewrite of a voter-approved recreational marijuana law, saying the bill that is slated for a special session vote Monday “isn’t ready for prime time.”

The group’s president, Paul T. McCarrier, said the amendment to the state Marijuana Legalization Act would create chaos in the new market, making it difficult for marijuana businesses to find a place to set up shop.

The major sticking point for Legalize Maine is language in the bill requiring towns to “opt in” to the marijuana market, or take legislative action to allow recreational marijuana businesses to operate in their borders, McCarrier said this morning.

The voter-approved law gives towns the ability to “opt out” of the adult-use market by taking legislative action, like a ban adopted by ordinance or city council vote. A municipality could also require occupation permits and charge business license fees.

“This will only encourage the black market in Maine and is the exact opposite of what the voters of Maine approved of last fall,” said McCarrier. “The process of how this language

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A commission studying the potential impact of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use in New Hampshire is starting its work.

The Legislature created the commission earlier this year, and it will hold its first meeting on Tuesday. Members include lawmakers, representatives from several state agencies and industries, including banking, law enforcement and the medical community.

Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project has raised concerns about the group, noting that none of the six appointed lawmakers have expressed support for legalizing marijuana, and that several other members have voiced opposition.

Eight states have enacted laws legalizing and regulating marijuana for adult use, including Massachusetts and Maine.

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On Monday, Oct. 23, my colleagues and I will travel back to the State House to convene for a special session that has been called by the governor to address a few specific concerns.

The first matter of business will be to correct a drafting error in the biennial budget that impacts the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems. To correct this error, Gov. LePage has submitted a bill to the Appropriations Committee, which it will work on before we convene. I expect this will be a simple fix that shouldn’t cause any controversy.

The second and more contentious matter will be to address the new food sovereignty law, L.D. 725, “An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food and Water Systems.”

Although I like the idea of local control and eliminating red tape for our small community farmers, as drafted, this bill had issues that needed to be worked out, so I initially voted in opposition. However, once an amendment was brought forward to address a number of concerns, the bill passed the Senate with a unanimous vote. The

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News | October 16, 2017

Maine will be among the eight states, along with California and Massachusetts, to allow the sale of recreational marijuana by next year. The Maine Legislature is working to finish the bill that will allow the opening of retail marijuana stores by the summer of 2018.

Maine Question 1, 2016, “An Act to Legalize Marijuana,” was passed on Nov. 8 last year. While growth, possession and recreational use became legal for persons 21 years of age or older on Jan. 30, the legislature passed LD 88, “An Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act,” to serve as a temporary moratorium on retail and taxation of marijuana until February 2018. The legislature would use this intermediate time to resolve issues surrounding the level of restriction placed on marijuana sales before the full act goes into effect.

The first draft of LR 2395 “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act” had its first public hearing before the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee on Sept. 26. Concerns regarding the bill included the potential interference

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PORTLAND (WGME) – The third annual Maine Cannabis Convention is taking place this weekend at the Portland Sports Complex.

Organizers say the idea is to bring people together in an industry that is expected to be a green monster.

“Everybody keeps saying that this is a one or two billion dollar industry in Maine. The object of this show like this is to keep as much of the money in Maine as possible by connecting all the players with each other so they can start doing business together and growing,” said Marc Shepard, Co-Founder of the New England Cannabis Conventions.

The convention offers people tips on growing marijuana and making cannabis oil.

It also addresses industry issues, such as how recreational marijuana businesses handle their cash, because many banks will not take money from an industry that is still illegal on the federal level.

The convention continues until 5pm today.

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Updated 5:17 am, Saturday, October 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The organizers of the 2017 Maine Cannabis Convention say this is a critically important year for the event because of the state’s recent move toward legal marijuana.

The convention is scheduled to be held in Portland on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say it’s an event for businesses, advocates, medical marijuana patients and anyone else with an investment in marijuana.

Voters in Maine legalized marijuana in the state last fall. State leaders are in the midst of crafting rules about legal sale of marijuana in Maine.

The event’s slogan is “Access, Opportunity, Education and Networking for ALL.”

Organizers say it’s legal to possess and use marijuana within Maine law at the show, but selling, gifting and consumption are not allowed in the venue.

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Maine marijuana convention to focus on newly legal status October 14, 2017 Updated: October 14, 2017 5:17am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The organizers of the 2017 Maine Cannabis Convention say this is a critically important year for the event because of the state’s recent move toward legal marijuana.

The convention is scheduled to be held in Portland on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say it’s an event for businesses, advocates, medical marijuana patients and anyone else with an investment in marijuana.

Voters in Maine legalized marijuana in the state last fall. State leaders are in the midst of crafting rules about legal sale of marijuana in Maine.

The event’s slogan is “Access, Opportunity, Education and Networking for ALL.”

Organizers say it’s legal to possess and use marijuana within Maine law at the show, but selling, gifting and consumption are not allowed in the venue.

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April Lee made a beeline for Brian Bair’s Wolf Enterprises professional financial services booth at the New England Cannabis Network’s Maine Cannabis Convention on Saturday morning in Portland.

Lee, who had driven up from her home in Carlstadt, New Jersey, to attend the two-day event, started peppering the York financial adviser with questions about the tax implications of setting up her own stable of cannabis businesses – something she is planning to do as soon as her state approves recreational marijuana.

“I want to do everything, from soup to nuts, from growing, to security to puff lounges. I’ve already lined up multiple LLCs,” said Lee, a grant consultant who expressed confidence that New Jersey will legalize recreational marijuana use as soon as Gov. Chris Christie leaves office.

Lee was among the hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded attendees at the convention at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue. The convention, in its third year, has grown steadily each year.

Last year the convention drew 80 exhibitors and about 1,500 people during a one-day, five-hour event at the 16,000-square foot Sullivan Recreational and

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The organizers of the 2017 Maine Cannabis Convention say this is a critically important year for the event because of the state’s recent move toward legal marijuana.

The convention is scheduled to be held in Portland on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say it’s an event for businesses, advocates, medical marijuana patients and anyone else with an investment in marijuana.

Voters in Maine legalized marijuana in the state last fall. State leaders are in the midst of crafting rules about legal sale of marijuana in Maine.

The event’s slogan is “Access, Opportunity, Education and Networking for ALL.”

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Organizers say it’s legal to possess and use marijuana within Maine law at the show, but selling, gifting and consumption are not allowed in the venue.

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