Good morning from Augusta, where Maine’s second attempt to set up a regulatory system for recreational marijuana will likely get a vote in the Legislature today, but it’s looking as if it could have some of the same problems that the first one had.
Legislators may have done all that they could to get a regulatory system up and running. Maine narrowly voted to legalize recreational pot in 2016, but the Legislature hasn’t been able to come up with a system to put that vote into action. After months of work last year, a bill died after the House sustained a veto from Gov. Paul LePage with most Republicans against the bill.
So, a special legislative committee on marijuana went back and produced a new bill with changes that Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, said are designed to pull more support. It gives Maine residents a priority for recreational licenses and puts the Department of Administrative and Financial Services in charge of Maine’s recreational and medical marijuana systems.
The bill got a 16-1 vote in the committee, with only Rep.