Marijuana Becomes Legal in Maine
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Marijuana Becomes Legal in Maine
Posted by CN Staff on January 30, 2017 at 09:41:11 PT
By Reid Wilson
Source: Hill
Maine on Monday became the eighth state in the nation to allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes.Maine joins six Western states and neighboring Massachusetts in allowing recreational pot, after voters narrowly passed a ballot measure in November. Adults will be allowed to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana and to grow up to 18 plants at home.
“Responsible adult marijuana consumers will no longer be harassed and treated like criminals,” said David Boyer, who ran the campaign to legalize pot last year. “Police will be able to spend more time addressing serious crimes rather than punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.”As in other states that have legalized pot for recreational use, Mainers will not be allowed to smoke in public. And state legislators are only beginning the long process of setting up regulations that will lead to legal pot shops by February 2018. At the moment, it remains illegal to sell or buy marijuana.Maine voters approved legal marijuana by the smallest margin of any of the four states where it passed in 2016, just a few thousand votes out of nearly 800,000 cast. Opponents requested a recount, though that process did not alter the outcome.Even as the measure takes effect, the legislature is fine-tuning the program. Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Friday signed a bill that closed a loophole that would have permitted those under 21 from possessing marijuana.New taxes on marijuana products are expected to begin generating revenue for the cash-strapped state in short order. Maine’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review estimated marijuana products would generate $2.8 million in fiscal 2017–2018 and more than $10 million in subsequent years.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Reid WilsonPublished: January 30, 2017Copyright: 2017 The HillContact: dsopp thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on January 30, 2017 at 10:19:30 PT
Congratulations, Maine.
Some of your natural rights restored! Freedom to make some personal choices on your own without worrying about jackbooted thugs breaking down your door and destroying or taking your life or someone else's in your family. That's so wrong that happens in a place supposedly governed by "The People" and this injustice is so often inflicted by the self-righteous and cruel, by people who profess religious love for those they visit harm on. Lives have been lost over prohibition of a 'seed bearing plant'.The grief that has been caused. They can't see the prohibition for their fear of the plant, or something like that, I guess. They blame the "Weakness" of the "User" and bask in a sense of personal self-righteousness.If they aren't afraid of the plant, why do they insist it be a crime to use or sell or possess it? Congratulations, Maine, for shaking off the debacle of injustice that the prohibition of the cannabis plant has been.
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