Maine lawmakers this week wrapped up their efforts to rewrite the state’s marijuana laws for adult-use recreational sales and for medical use.
The legislative outline of Maine’s adult-use cannabis market was finalized last month when lawmakers overturned a gubernatorial veto and paved the way for adult-use sales in 2019. And late Tuesday night, lawmakers adopted a sweeping medical cannabis reform bill that now sits on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk for review.
LePage, whose sharp criticism of Maine’s medical use of marijuana program was oft-repeated as he voiced his opposition to commercial adult-use sales, has 10 days to decide if he will sign, veto or allow the medical marijuana reform bill to become law without his signature.
On Wednesday, the morning after the bill’s late-night approval, LePage remained silent on his plans.
Together with the law passed last month, the votes this week – if they become law – will change how people can legally grow, sell, manufacture, authorize and consume all forms of cannabis. Here is a look at what is in store for all of them.