Bill to make sale of recreational marijuana legal in Maine faces uncertain fate

October 5th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

Despite months of work by lawmakers on a special committee, a bill that would set in motion the legal sale of recreational marijuana in Maine faces an uncertain future, with a top State House leader who could hold the key to the bill’s final passage expressing serious concerns about the legislation Friday.

It’s also unclear what action Gov. Paul LePage will take. His office would not comment on whether he will veto the bill, but LePage has repeatedly said he wished U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would crack down on states that have ignored federal law and voted to legalize recreational marijuana use.

House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, says lawmakers should support the work of the marijuana bill panel. “Failing to do so would be irresponsible,” she said.House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, says lawmakers should support the work of the marijuana bill panel. “Failing to do so would be irresponsible,” she said.

House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, says he’s likely to oppose the bill because it bundles too many issues into a single law.House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, says he’s likely to oppose the bill because it bundles too many issues into a single law.


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House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said he’s likely to oppose the adult-use marijuana bill, which received a 13-2 endorsement Thursday from a special select committee of the Legislature after nine months of work.

Fredette said the

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