Maine Legislators Pass Bill to Regulate Legal Weed, But a Gubernatorial Veto Is Expected – News

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Maine legislators passed a long-anticipated committee bill aimed at regulating the state’s impending legal weed industry yesterday, but even with success in both the Maine House and Senate, the agreed upon tax structures, licensing, and limitation rules are expected to be vetoed by Governor Paul LePage, a staunch prohibitionist.

According to the Portland Press Herald, neither the 84-52 vote in the House or the 22-9 vote in the Senate hit the 75% approval mark needed to block a gubernatorial veto.

State lawmakers were at odds with Gov. LePage’s agenda throughout the entire special legislative session Monday night, with an earlier House vote shooting down a separate proposal pushed by the Governor and State Sen. Ken Fredette that would have extended Maine’s moratorium on recreational cannabis sales for another year, until at least January 2019.

Instead, the now-passed regulatory legislation will head to Gov. LePage’s desk, where he will have 10 days to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to pass without his signature.

“This was not a vote for or against recreational marijuana use. Maine voters decided that…

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