Maine Lawmakers Present Compromise to Finally Jump-Start Legal Cannabis Sales – News

Over 14 months after Maine residents voted to legalize the possession, use, and sale of recreational cannabis, legislators and advocates in the Pine Tree State say they have arrived at a bipartisan agreement that could see adult-use pot shops open their doors as soon as July.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Republican State Senator Tom Saviello presented a set of draft regulations at a legal weed legislative hearing on Tuesday, expressing confidence that the bill could pass through the legislature this session.

With significant input from Legalize Maine, the group that wrote the voter-approved legalization ballot measure, as well as from anti-cannabis groups Smart Approaches to Marijuana and the Christian Civic League, Saviello’s plan would include a 17.5% tax rate, a three-year ban on social use cannabis clubs, and also give Maine’s medical marijuana providers the first opportunity to run adult-use canna-businesses. The state would also implement a “rolling licensing system” that offers Maine residents a chance to get a foot in the door of the impending industry.

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