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The rollout of recreational cannabis sales throughout New England has been set back once again by politicians hoping to delay or even prevent the sale of legal weed. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the state legislature’s bill to regulate recreational cannabis sales for the second year in a row. And in Vermont, where it’s currently legal to use but not sell pot, legislators just voted to delay a bill that would have launched taxed and regulated retail cannabis sales.
Maine voters legalized the sale and use of recreational cannabis back in 2016, but conservative politicians, led by hardline pot prohibitionist LePage, have been fighting to keep legal marijuana off the market. Last year, the state legislature re-wrote the voter-approved legalization measure, adding new and more restrictive regulations, but LePage vetoed the bill, arguing that it still wasn’t cautious enough. This year, Maine lawmakers re-wrote the bill again, working hard to include new provisions aimed to please the governor.
LePage — who reportedly loves blocking bills so much that he named one of his dogs Veto