In 2016, Maine became one of the first states on the East Coast to approve a referendum that allowed for the legalization of recreational marijuana. While this was exciting at first, two years later Maine is still working at implementing a system that will allow them to tax and regulate the sale and use of recreational weed.
This delay has been caused by two vetoes by Governor Paul LePage. Then, in January of this year, a coalition that included pro- and anti-weed groups announced that they had agreed on the framework to regulate the sale of marijuana. They agreed that cities and towns in Maine will have the option to either opt in or out when it comes to dispensaries, and that the sales tax would be 20 percent. The new bill also prohibits marijuana social clubs and lowers the number of plants that can be grown at home from six to three.