Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee voted Feb. 23 to send a new bill to the state’s legislature to implement a sales and regulation system for adult-use marijuana, with significant changes made to the 2016 voter-approved initiative to gain more support.
Gov. Paul LePage vetoed an adult-use implementation bill, and the legislature sustained that veto last fall. In LePage’s veto letter, he outlined the need for more harmonization between the state’s medical and adult-use programs, as well as the federal government’s stance on marijuana, as reasons for his veto.
“Right after that veto letter … is when Jeff Sessions made that announcement [that repealed the Cole Memo], so we think [LePage will] veto [the new implementation bill],” said David Boyer, Maine political director for Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “It’ll be close on the override. And then we have our hesitations about if he’ll even do anything if we do … pass it and override him.”
The committee has been working on new legislation that Gov. LePage and House Republicans can tolerate, but Boyer said MPP is not happy with some of