It has been nearly two years since Maine residents voted for the legalization of recreational cannabis, but the adult-use pot dispensaries and social-use clubs that voters approved are still nowhere in sight. A state legislative committee is now wrapping up a second attempt at drafting regulations for retail sales, which will soon move to the state’s House for a vote, potentially opening the door for sales to begin next year.
Even though the majority of Maine residents voted in favor of legalization, many state politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, are strongly opposed to legal weed. These politicians have been working hard to derail the process, and shortly after the ballot measure was passed in November 2016, legislators voted to delay retail sales until February 2018. Last year, the state legislature re-wrote the ballot measure into a more strictly-regulated law, but Gov. LePage vetoed the bill, delaying the implementation of legal sales yet again.
State legislators have gone back to the drawing board, and a legislative committee has just finalized a new version of the regulations that will soon advance to the House for debate. “The