State lawmakers want a proposed advisory commission to consider ways to standardize, coordinate and integrate Maine’s medical and adult-use marijuana programs.
The committee tasked with overhauling the Marijuana Legalization Act hopes this will satisfy Gov. Paul LePage’s concerns about potential inconsistencies in the tax rate and regulatory structure of this new market, which voters approved at referendum in 2016; and the existing state medical program, which has been around since 1999 and was fully implemented in 2009, said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the committee’s Senate chairman.
“We want to make sure the two markets are as coordinated and as consistent as they can possibly be in areas where consistency is warranted,” Katz said after a Friday committee meeting. “The most important thing we did today is to charge the advisory committee we’re creating to look for ways to coordinate these programs, especially in areas like testing, packaging and labeling. That was a real step in trying to satisfy some of the governor’s concerns.”
The inconsistency between the medical and adult-use marijuana programs is just one of the reasons LePage cited