The Maine Legislature on Tuesday sent a bill to launch the adult-use marijuana market to Gov. Paul LePage.
The two-term Republican now has 10 days to take action. He can sign the bill, allow it to go into law without his signature, or use his gubernatorial veto to try to kill it, which is what he has vowed to do. LePage, a staunch opponent of marijuana, said he doesn’t want Maine to operate two different marijuana programs – medical and adult-use – with two different tax rates and two different sets of rules.
The legislation may soon be joined by another marijuana bill. The House on Friday approved a bill to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana program without debate or even a roll call vote. That bill is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate on Wednesday, the last day of the legislative session, which would send the second major marijuana bill to LePage’s desk in as many days.
The Senate’s vote Tuesday on final enactment of the recreational bill – 25-10, in favor – was a