Maine Fails To Legalize Marijuana

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November 22, 2013

An effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Maine has failed in the state’s Legislative Council, which vets bills before they can be introduced for consideration.

The bill would have legalized, taxed, and regulated the use of marijuana in the state, but it failed to gather majority support in the council. The final vote was 5-5, and the bill will not be considered again until 2015.

The tabling of the bill comes after Portland, Maine, became the first city on the East Coast to officially legalize the drug earlier this month.

“Portland had spoken so loudly that it’s a shame that Legislative Council didn’t listen to them,” said Democratic state Rep. Diane Russell, who introduced the bill, to the Portland Daily Sun. About 81 percent of votes in Russell’s district voted for Portland’s initiative to legalize pot, which passed easily citywide with 70 percent support overall.

If Russell’s measure had passed its initial vote, it would’ve been brought up for consideration during the state’s four-month second legislative session that begins on January 1. Under Maine’s constitution, this session is reserved for emergency and budget-related bills during this session, and according to one of the council’s nay votes, there is simply not enough time to debate and analyze such an important proposal.

“We’re going into a short session [in January], and for Portlanders and Mainers this short session is exactly four months, and for a bill that is this complex

Article source: http://www.albanytribune.com/22112013-maine-fails-legalize-marijuana/

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