Maine marijuana grower Tom Albert reveals off his crops this summer season at his develop operation exterior Portland, Maine. Like many growers, Albert is contemplating whether or not to transition to promote leisure marijuana or stay solely a medical-marijuana provider.(Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)
Marijuana gross sales in Maine could also be delayed after the governor vetoed a proposed legislation establishing a system to license, tax and observe hashish gross sales.
In a extensively anticipated transfer, Republican Gov. Paul LePage rejected the invoice Friday. Legalization advocates at the moment are gearing up for a veto-override try. Maine’s voters final fall legalized marijuana and tasked lawmakers with growing a sales-and-monitoring system.
In his veto message, LePage stated he felt the proposal conflicted with federal legislation, despatched the unsuitable message to children about drug use and that legalization may result in elevated violence and automotive crashes in Maine. LePage additionally known as on the federal authorities to make clear the way it plans to handle state-level marijuana legalization.
“Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine,” LePage wrote. “If we are adopting a law that will legalize and establish a new industry and impose a new regulatory infrastructure that requires significant private and public investment, we need badurances that a change in policy or administration at the federal level will not nullify those investments.”
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Marijuana stays unlawful on the federal stage. While President Trump has stated states ought to be allowed to make their very own choices, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated the federal authorities might crack down.
Legalization opponents cheered LePage’s resolution, calling his veto of the “reckless bill” a victory for public well being. “It is obvious nearly all of Mainers would badist an method that places well being, security, and households first-and not Big Marijuana,” Scott Gagnon, chairman of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, stated in an announcement.
Maine lawmakers are set to vote Monday on a veto override. If lawmakers override LePage, leisure gross sales may start as quickly as February. LePage beforehand requested legislators to push again implementation to 2019.
Maine is considered one of eight states the place voters have legalized leisure marijuana use for adults, though solely a handful — Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Alaska — have functioning marketplaces. California and Mbadachusetts are set to start gross sales subsequent yr. While Washington, D.C. voters have legalized pot, the town can not create a gross sales system till Congress agrees.
In the interim, enterprising marijuana sellers in Main have been exploiting the state’s lack of regulation and enforcement by making a gift of hashish however charging hefty supply charges.
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