Ever since Colorado pulled the plug on its idea of allowing public marijuana consumption in designated areas, lawmakers in Maine have been looking to use the retreat as an excuse to do the same.
According to the Portland Press Herald, there are concerns with the part of the state’s legal marijuana law that allows for the creation of social pot clubs. Lawmakers are now toying with the idea of postponing the licensing of these types of operations until they can be certain that there no longer exists the threat of federal interference. However, pot advocates argue that if the state doesn’t take action, these clubs will continue to emerge without the proper regulation – giving power to the grey market rather than the legal trade.
When Maine voters approved marijuana legalization in the election last November, the initiative came with a provision that allows the existence of tavern-like social pot clubs for adults 21 and over.
However, Maine never once considered that it could be the first in the nation to launch a retail marijuana market that legitimizes these kinds of operations. This realization has apparently created a panic in some lawmakers, who are now worried about…