by Rep. Martin Grohman
Although it has been more than a year since marijuana possession and retail sale were legalized by a state-wide referendum, retail sale is still not allowed. This presents one of the most difficult issues facing the Legislature in the upcoming session. Current law makes it legal for adults to use and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or grow up to six plants of their own, but it does not allow commercial production, retail sales or individual sales. Additionally, many cities, including Biddeford, have passed ordinances delaying the retail sale of marijuana.
Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. It is labeled a “Schedule One Drug,” in the same category as heroin. Many counselors involved with the substance use disorder community are strongly opposed to wider availability. On the other hand, many of the most passionate voices for legalization note that marijuana tinctures and creams help relieve symptoms of serious ailments and help address chronic pain, an important issue.
The campaign that placed the initiative