AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) The state’s Marijuana Legalization Committee continues to review the language of a bill to regulate Maine’s recreational cannabis market.
They met in Augusta on Thursday to discuss changes to the proposed law, which was approved by the panel of lawmakers last month.
A provision concerning the operation of marijuana establishments within a municipality sparked debate among lawmakers.
The law is structured like the regulations on alcohol where the community chooses whether or not to allow marijuana sales locally.
“It’s very very clear that communities are opt-in, they must take affirmative votes of their legislative bodies to allow the sale of alcohol in their communities. And I don’t know why we would want to make this different,” said Sen. Roger Katz, (R) Chair of the Committee.
“We want to be able to give the towns the power and the responsibility to make the decision that’s right for them. But I don’t agree with having it basically prohibited until they say it’s not prohibited when it is already the law of the state of Maine,” said