Some marijuana legalization advocates are making an unusual critique of the Maine Legislature: that it’s doing too much.
The advocates say lawmakers went too far in their crafting of a comprehensive package of regulations when they cut the number of pot plants that Maine residents can grow in their homes from six to three. The change was part of the bill enacted last week by the House and Senate and sent to Gov. LePage with enough support to override a promised veto.
The criticism is understandable, but unfair. Nearly 18 months since voters approved taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol, there hasn’t been a single legal sale or a dollar of tax money collected by the state. This bipartisan effort to draft and pass a brand-new regulatory scheme from scratch would entail heavy lifting in the best of times, but it is an even more impressive achievement in the middle of the historic dysfunction that has seized Augusta.
In this environment, a small step in the right direction is something worth celebrating – not a target for attack. Lawmakers should