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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