The Maine House of Representatives just passed a revamp of the cannabis legalization measure approved by voters in 2016, putting the state on track to finally begin issuing cannabis business licenses next year. Although marijuana is technically now legal in the state, retail sales have been on hold, thanks to the efforts of Governor Paul LePage and other conservative politicians, who have been fighting to delay the measure at every turn.
The state Legislature approved a similar regulatory bill last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. LePage, pushing back the rollout of a retail cannabis market by at least another year. This year, however, legislators went back to the drawing board and drafted a new, more conservative version of the regulatory bill. The total number of cannabis plants each resident is allowed to home-grow has been reduced to three adult plants, down from six in the original bill.
The cannabis cafes and social-use clubs that voters approved in the original bill are no longer included in this new version. The bill also allows individual Maine municipalities to “opt out” of allowing canna-businesses in