AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on veto day in Maine (all times local):
The Maine Legislature has overridden the governor’s veto of a bill to finally allow commercial pot sales demanded by voters in 2016.
The Senate voted 28-6 and the House voted 109-39 Wednesday to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto.
The governor argues he can’t violate federal law and that adults will flock to Maine’s medical marijuana program. Possession of up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of marijuana already is legal in the state.
The bill eliminates marijuana social clubs, reduces the number of plants that people can have and prohibits sale near schools.
Under the bill, Maine could allow retail pot sales to adults as early as next year.
The voter-approved law created a 10 percent sales tax on retail marijuana. The bill would require growing facilities to pay an excise tax of $335 per pound of mature marijuana plants and other fees.