Archive for January, 2017

Lots of work to do before Maine marijuana smokers can light up

January 31st, 2017

Voters may have spoken on marijuana legalization, but the forecast for when Mainers could legally enjoy the drug remains hazy, at best.

Carrying out the will of the voters – albeit a slim majority of them – on legalization will be one of the most arduous tasks facing lawmakers returning in January for a legislative session overflowing with major issues.

Absent a legal curveball from Gov. Paul LePage, a foe of legalization, Mainers 21 and over might be able to possess and grow their own pot by late January or early February even if retail sales are perhaps a year away. But those hoping to enjoy a puff of their personal stash while policymakers figure out the complicated retail details could be disappointed.

There is also a strong sentiment among some power brokers in Augusta – including Senate President Mike Thibodeau and Attorney General Janet Mills – that legalization should be postponed while lawmakers figure out how to regulate the drug.

Among the major legalization-related questions facing Maine are: How to protect children? Which state agency should oversee the industry? How to pay for that regulation? What tools do police need to crack down on drugged drivers? And what does recreational legalization mean for Maine’s medical marijuana program?

Those issues and others are addressed below, beginning with the question on many Mainers’ minds …

When will it become legal?

“I just think there are a lot of problems with this law that are not minor,” said Mills, the state’s top attorney. “It’s going to take a lot

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/25/lots-of-work-to-do-before-mainers-can-light-up/

Marijuana is legal in Maine but not unrestricted

January 31st, 2017

Marijuana has been legal statewide in Maine as of 12:01 a.m. At least one end-of-prohibition party is set for tonight in Portland.

But don’t go reefer mad all at once. Maine is now in limbo with its voter-approved law, especially after a moratorium signed Friday by Gov. Paul LePage to delay provisions of the law until February 2018.

In short, possessing and growing marijuana for recreational purposes is now legal, while buying or selling it is not legal yet. The state has until next year to develop rules for regulating new retail stores. Medical marijuana policy hasn’t changed.

Here are some finer points on personal use.

You can:

  • Use, possess, transport and transfer 2.5 ounces of marijuana: This includes prepared marijuana and marijuana concentrate, but you can’t have more than five grams of concentrate. You’re also allowed to give someone that much marijuana, but only for nothing of value in return.
  • Use it in your home, on your lawn and other private property: The law allows consumption in a private residence, plus “curtilage,” and on private property “not generally accessible by the public” with authorization from the owner.
  • Grow up to six mature plants: Along with those, you can have up to 12 immature plans and unlimited seedlings.

You can’t:

  • Use marijuana in public. Just take it inside, people.
  • Or in a vehicle on a public way: This goes for drivers and passengers and applies to concentrates. Be advised that operation under the influence of marijuana is still illegal and dangerous, although it’s often harder police to prove because there’s no standard for marijuana intoxication, like there

    Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/node/2068936

You can get high and not be arrested in Maine now

January 30th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/30/health/maine-marijuana-legalization-trnd/

It’s pot legalization day in Maine! Here’s how you can and can’t celebrate

January 30th, 2017

Good morning from Augusta. I can report that marijuana has been legal statewide as of 12:01 a.m. At least one end-of-prohibition party is set for tonight in Portland.

But don’t go reefer mad all at once. Maine is now in limbo with its voter-approved law, especially after a moratorium signed Friday by Gov. Paul LePage to delay provisions of the law until February 2018.

In short, possessing and growing marijuana for recreational purposes is now legal, while buying or selling it is not legal yet. The state has until next year to develop rules for regulating new retail stores. Medical marijuana policy hasn’t changed.

Here are some finer points on personal use.

You can:

  • Use, possess, transport and transfer 2.5 ounces of marijuana: This includes prepared marijuana and marijuana concentrate, but you can’t have more than five grams of concentrate. You’re also allowed to give someone that much marijuana, but only for nothing of value in return.
  • Use it in your home, on your lawn and other private property: The law allows consumption in a private residence, plus “curtilage,” and on private property “not generally accessible by the public” with authorization from the owner.
  • Grow up to six mature plants: Along with those, you can have up to 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings.

You can’t:

Smoke ’em if ya got ’em, as legalized marijuana takes hold

January 30th, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It’s a green Monday in Maine.

The first tangible results of state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as possession and home growth of marijuana becomes legal. Voters narrowly passed the ballot question in November, and the waiting period between the vote and legalization has expired. » Read more: Smoke ’em if ya got ’em, as legalized marijuana takes hold

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Maine

January 30th, 2017

Marijuana now legal

Article source: http://www.wlbz2.com/news/local/marijuana-becomes-legal-in-maine/394439970

Maine police departments say they’re ready as recreational pot becomes legal

January 30th, 2017

During last year’s campaign to legalize the use, sale and possession of recreational marijuana by Mainers 21 and older, one of the most prominent groups to oppose the law was the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, whose members would be tasked with enforcing the new rules.

Among the group’s concerns was that the legalization effort would expose more children to substances that can be harmful for their development and lead to more Mainers hitting the highway after smoking or eating cannabis products.

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A slim majority of Maine voters approved the law, though, and it’s set to go into effect Monday.

As it does, several central Maine police chiefs, as well as Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason, said they are ready for the change, which will allow the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or six adult marijuana plants by those 21 and older.

But the chiefs also reiterated some of the concerns that came up during the campaign and said they’re paying attention as the Legislature tries to resolve other ambiguities in the new law. Late Friday, Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a measure approved by the Legislature to delay retail sales of the drug until February 2018 and to make it clear that only those 21 and older can possess it.

Officers in the Augusta Police Department have

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/01/29/maine-police-departments-say-theyre-ready-as-recreational-pot-becomes-legal/

Marijuana Possession Officially Becomes Legal in Maine on Monday

January 29th, 2017

PORTLAND, ME — A voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana in Maine will officially take effect on Monday, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

“The era of marijuana prohibition in Maine is finally coming to an end,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, who served as campaign manager for the Yes on 1 campaign. “Responsible adult marijuana consumers will no longer be harassed and treated like criminals. Police will be able to spend more time addressing serious crimes rather than punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.”

Under Question 1, which voters approved in November and Gov. Paul LePage certified on December 31, adults 21 years of age and older can legally possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, grow up to six flowering marijuana plants and 12 non-flowering plants, and possess the marijuana harvested from those plants inside their residence. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public and to drive while impaired by marijuana. The law will not affect employers’ drug-testing policies or their rights to prohibit marijuana use by employees.

The Legislature is in the process of establishing a regulated system of marijuana cultivation and sales, which is currently scheduled to be up and running by February 1, 2018.

“Now that adults can legally

Article source: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2017/68891/marijuana-possession-officially-becomes-legal-in-maine-on-monday/

Maine gov signs bill delaying parts of legal pot law

January 28th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/maine-gov-signs-bill-delaying-parts-of-legal-pot-law/article_5fdabeb6-3c50-5d41-83b9-9b674eea679e.html

Personal possession, home-grow of pot legal soon in Maine

January 28th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/personal-possession-home-grow-of-pot-legal-soon-in-maine/article_9a6cba3f-63e3-5f1b-ba56-0c076d9d88c4.html