Marijuana

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.
AP Photo/Jim Mone, File

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.

In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn.
AP Photo/Jim Mone, File

With Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on board, advocates for marijuana decriminalization hope this is the year New Hampshire joins its New England neighbors in removing criminal penalties for possessing pot.

But the measure is facing challenges in the Senate, where lawmakers aligned with police chiefs are working to water it down. Lawmakers, police and advocates agree some form of decriminalization will likely reach Sununu’s desk. Up for debate, though, is what amount of weed will be decriminalized and how much discretion cops should have to make arrests.

Haven Daley / Associated Press

When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million a year in tax revenue.

BANGOR, Maine - Officials in Bangor are set to discuss the regulation of marijuana in the wake of the City Council chairman raising the possibility of the city getting into the pot business.
 
The City Council and staff will discuss marijuana Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. There is a moratorium on marijuana sales in the city in wake of state residents approving legalization of the drug last year.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The legislative committee implementing Maine's new recreational marijuana are considering switching the oversight of retail sales from the state agriculture agency to the one that regulates alcohol.

The legalization law approved by voters in November originally tasked the Agriculture Department with the licensing and testing of retail pot. But Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage believe the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations is a better fit.

Brennan Linsley / Associated Press/file

Maine and other states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana face a growing cloud of uncertainty following signals of a possible enforcement crackdown from the Trump administration.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he's dubious about state-led efforts to legalize marijuana.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's towns and state legislators will tackle the subject of marijuana legalization in separate events.
 
The Legislature's Marijuana Implementation Committee is taking public comment on Tuesday in Augusta on subjects such as how to regulate and tax the substance. Also Tuesday, the Maine Municipal Association is holding an event called "Lifting the Haze: Marijuana and Legal Considerations.''
 

Health Effects of Marijuana

Feb 7, 2017
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What does using marijuana do and not do to your body—especially your brain? What are the physiological and cognitive effects of the drug on young people versus adults? We’ll hear about the status of medical research on cannibanoids and physician recommendations.

Guests:  Christian J. Teter, PharmD, BCPP, Associate Professor, Psychopharmacology, University of New England College of Pharmacy

Vijay Amarendran, MD, MS, Medical Director of Out-Patient Services, The Acadia Hospital

LITCHFIELD, Maine - A Maine town has passed a 180-day moratorium on the establishment of recreational marijuana businesses days after smoking marijuana became legal in the state.
 
The Kennebec Journal reports that Litchfield voters approved the moratorium on Wednesday.
 
Voters in the state decided to legalize marijuana in a close vote in November. As of Monday, it's now legal to smoke it, gift it, grow it and possess up to 2.5 ounces of it.
 

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