AUGUSTA (WGME) – The Maine House has given initial approval to an amended version of a bipartisan committee’s marijuana regulatory bill with a 112-34 vote on Tuesday.
Given the bill’s vote count, it is considered veto-proof, which is important in the event Governor LePage follows through on his threat to block marijuana legalization in the state.
The bill brings the state one step closer to implementing new rules for Maine’s recreational marijuana industry and keeps key provisions for local control, but it eases entry into the industry for small businesses and Maine residents.
The bill sets an effective 20-percent tax rate, prohibits social clubs and strengthens protections for children.
The bill will now head to the state Senate for deliberations.