AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) Before Maine’s commercial adult-use cannabis market becomes legal, the legislation regulating it must gain the support of enough lawmakers to pass.
Senator Roger Katz, Senate Chair of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, has submitted legislation to extend the moratorium past its February 1st expiration date.
“There’s a school of thought that if come February 2nd, it doesn’t really make any difference if the moratorium is expired because there’s been no process out in place for licensing, and so even though the moratorium may have expired, there can’t be any legal commercial activity anyway,” said Katz, (R).
His bill, which the public can weigh in on at a hearing next Friday, would extend the ban on recreational cannabis sales to May 1st.
“There are concerns that if the moratorium expires without further action that it might potentially open up the state or local municipalities to lawsuits by people saying, ‘you know what, there’s no moratorium. You’ve got to give me a license,'” said Katz.
From the tax structure to commercial licensing fees to product