Marijuana

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The Maine House has failed to extend a moratorium on the recreational marijuana market, voting 81-65 to oppose a bill extending the moratorium that expired Thursday until May 1.

It has been over a year since Maine voters legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. But state lawmakers continue to disagree about how the retail market should operate, and others don’t want to see it created at all.

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The legislative committee charged with developing regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana in Maine has voted to extend a moratorium on the adult-use market until mid-April. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says she is joining a group of attorneys general that is calling on Congress to review federal banking rules as they apply to marijuana.
 
Mills and 18 other attorneys general want more information about how the banking regulations apply to the emerging marijuana industry in the states that have legalized the drug. Maine is one of those states.
 

Lawmakers in Vermont have approved legalizing recreational marijuana, and the bill soon goes to the state’s Republican governor, who says he will sign it.

The bill soon goes to the state’s Republican governor, who says he will sign it.

The bill allows possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, or two mature plants. It does not allow a regulated retail market, such as California’s or Colorado’s.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature is back to the drawing board on rules for implementing retail sales of marijuana.
 
Lawmakers who're trying once again to sort out details of the voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana are holding a public hearing Tuesday afternoon in Augusta.
 
Recreational marijuana use became legal for adults last year, but there's no way to legally buy it because Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill created by a bipartisan task force.
 

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - Residents of Old Orchard Beach can voice their opinion on whether to prohibit retail marijuana establishments in the seaside town.
 
The Journal Tribune reports the town council is holding a Tuesday public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit retail marijuana establishments in town.
 
The proposed ordinance would prohibit retail marijuana stores, social clubs and cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities.
 
Maine voters legalized recreational marijuana for adults in November 2016.
 

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a measure aimed at regulating the retail sale of marijuana in the state.

Marijuana Regulation

Nov 3, 2017
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Two legislators from the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation describe what they learned about other states’ marijuana regulation and how they formulated Maine’s new rules.

Guests:  Rep. Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth)

Sen. Mark Dion (D-District 28)

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Maine lawmakers have passed a compromise bill to implement the citizen initiated measure allowing the retail sale of marijuana in the state. But it faces a likely veto.

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette say they want to extend Maine’s moratorium on retail marijuana sales and cultivation until 2019.

The proposal further jeopardizes passage of a bipartisan bill designed to overhaul and implement the voter-approved marijuana law passed nearly a year ago.

Fredette says the 9-month process to draft the marijuana implementation bill was rushed. And he says it excluded a key stakeholder — the LePage administration.

RENO, Nev. - State tax officials say the first month of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada brought in more than $3.5 million in tax revenue.
 
Nevada Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein told The Associated Press Thursday they are "good numbers'' consistent with projections pot sales will generate $120 million in state taxes over the next two years.
 
The combination of a 15 percent wholesale and 10 percent retail tax raised $3.68 million in July, the first month of Nevada's fiscal year.
 

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has long been outspoken critic of the voter-approved law that allows for the adult use and sale of marijuana. Now, lawmakers charged with drafting a bill that will help set up licensing, taxation and public safety rules worry the governor won’t lift a finger to implement it.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislative panel has revived the idea of splitting a 20 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales with a 10 percent sales tax and 10 percent excise tax.
 
The Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation wants to provide 5 percent to towns that host retail or cultivation businesses. Another 6 percent would go to law enforcement and 6 percent to public education. The remainder would go to the state general fund.
 

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There was no shortage of comments as scores of Mainers filled a hearing room and two overflow rooms at the State House to express their concerns with proposed legislation to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in Maine. And those testifying were not shy about spelling out what they don’t like about the bill.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A legislative panel is gathering input on plans to double the recreational marijuana sales tax to 20 percent and allow for pot drive-thrus and home delivery of pot.
 
The Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation held a Tuesday hearing on an omnibus bill that tweaks the voter-approved recreational marijuana law.
 
The committee is set to vote whether to recommend the bill on Thursday. Lawmakers hope that the Legislature will vote on the marijuana bill at a special session that could take place in October.
 

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