Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Maine lawmakers have endorsed rules for recreational marijuana sales in the state after voters passed a referendum in 2016 to legalize adult marijuana use.
April 13, 2018 12:00 pm
In 2016, Maine voters approved legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. Since then, lawmakers have failed to enact the rules needed to turn the referendum vote into reality.
This year appears to be different. Earlier this week, both the Maine House and Senate strongly endorsed a set of new rules for the coming marijuana market. While the rules aren’t perfect — the tax scheme, for example, is convoluted and doesn’t allow for municipal taxes — they are a good compromise. More important, they are needed so the state doesn’t revert to much weaker standards and regulations that accompanied the 2016 referendum question.
It is unclear if Gov. Paul LePage will sign the legislation. He vetoed a similar bill last year and lawmakers failed to override that veto. With stronger legislative support this year, it appears lawmakers could override a veto this year,