Governor Paul LePage Wants to Delay Recreational Cannabis Sales in Maine Until 2019 – News

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Since Maine residents voted to legalize recreational adult use cannabis in November of 2016, state lawmakers have spent months bickering, back-tracking, and sorting out a legislative committee bill to create a comprehensive system to tax, license, and regulate the cultivation, production, and sale of legal weed in the Pine Tree State. Now, with a full legislative vote on the committee bill planned for Monday, the state’s governor is pushing to delay the start of retail cannabis sales until at least 2019.

According to a new report from the Portland Press Herald, Governor Paul LePage has submitted a bill written by State Representative Ken Fredette that would extend an existing moratorium on recreational cannabis sales through the entirety of 2018. Fredette, Maine’s House Republican Leader, believes lawmakers need more time to look over the legalization regulations before voting.

Under current procedures outside of Fredette’s bill, if the committee legislation does not pass on Monday, Maine’s legal weed program would instead be turned over to the voter-approved nomenclature, with no additional rules or regulations added…

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