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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

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.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Nationally known marijuana consultants are among those advising Maine on how to set up its new adult-use cannabis market.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the state had requested advice about implementing the voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana.  
The state is not seeking paid consultants currently but could in the future.
Respondents include the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and groups for and against marijuana legalization.

Haven Daley / Associated Press

Leaders of a special legislative committee implementing Maine's legal marijuana law say commercial licensing and sale of the drug is unlikely to begin until next summer.

The committee today completed drafting the regulatory framework for the voter-approved law, but those guidelines must first be finalized and adopted by the Legislature before the final rulemaking process can begin.

Republican state Sen. Roger Katz, co-chairman of the committee, is hopeful the process will move quickly.

DEER ISLE, Maine - The town of Deer Isle is considering a moratorium on retail marijuana establishments.
Lawmakers and regulators are rolling out the legalization of voter-approved recreational marijuana. Possession of certain amounts of marijuana became legal this year, while the state approved a moratorium on retail sales and taxation until at least February.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wants tips on how best to regulate adults' use of marijuana.
The state's financial and agricultural departments are asking for the public's thoughts on Maine's retail marijuana marketplace and the public health, budgetary and enforcement concerns of implementation.
Comments are due July 31.
Voters in November approved legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana products by adults over 21.
Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana became legal Jan. 30.

In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn.
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The legislative committee implementing Maine’s recreational marijuana law is ramping up efforts to allow for the commercial sale of a drug now legal in eight states. Some hope the retail system will be up and running a year from now, but lawmakers and advocates warn that it could take longer.

The Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee has held regular meetings since February.

And with discussions like this one, it’s no small wonder why lobbyists are cramming the hearing rooms.

Pot Decriminalization Clears Major Hurdle in NH State Senate

May 12, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire is on the path to joining its New England neighbors by decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The state Senate passed legislation Thursday to remove criminal penalties for possessing up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana. It must go back to the House for a final vote before heading to Gov. Chris Sununu. He's likely to sign it.