Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A man lights up a large joint in Portland’s Monument Square, April 20, 2017.
By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff • April 11, 2018 1:03 pm
Updated: April 11, 2018 5:00 pm
New rules on the sale and regulation of recreational marijuana appear on track to enactment following a strong vote endorsing them Wednesday in the Senate.
The Senate voted 24-10, with Democratic Sen. Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick absent, in favor of a bill that would move Maine toward a regulation and oversight system for the sale of marijuana for recreational use. The Senate vote comes on the heels of a strong 112-34 House endorsement of the bill on Tuesday. Both tallies are enough to override an expected gubernatorial veto unless too many lawmakers switch their votes.
Lawmakers have been struggling to find agreement on a way to regulate retail marijuana sales since Maine voted in November 2016 to legalize recreational use.
The legislation sets an effective 20 percent