Maine lawmakers want to offer the first recreational marijuana business licenses to residents who have lived here for at least four years.
A legislative committee voted Tuesday to boost the minimum residency requirement to get a state license to grow, manufacture or sell recreational marijuana from three to four years during its final review of the bill that would launch adult-use cannabis sales in Maine.
The committee tried to overhaul the 2016 citizen initiative that legalized recreational cannabis last year, but Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. The new version of the bill is more conservative, eliminating cannabis social clubs and cutting an individual’s home grow from six to three plants.
“The last few months, we listened carefully and made strategic changes we think improved the bill” Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the committee’s Senate chairman, said after the Tuesday workshop. “We are proud of our work.”
Katz hopes this bill will have LePage’s support, but committee members are confident that they have the votes to override a veto if necessary. Last November, supporters fell 17 votes shy of being able to