It looks like Maine will have to wait even longer for store-bought weed

January 12th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers again appear headed toward delaying the implementation of a sales, taxation and regulatory system for recreational marijuana, which was approved by Maine voters 14 months ago. Here’s your soundtrack.

There’s been little question that it’s too late for retail pot sales to happen by next month, as a moratorium bill enacted by the Legislature last year ordered. As we’ve reported before, it’s likely the Legislature will vote to delay that, and soon. Advocates of legal pot, along with some groups that oppose it, have agreed to a compromise, according to Maine Public. There’s still lots of debate and votes due before a decision but the delay could be until May.

The path forward is uncertain. Republican Gov. Paul LePage threw up a roadblock to an omnibus bill with a veto last year and hasn’t said publicly what iteration of the bill he’ll support, if any. After saying before the referendum that he would support the will of the voters on this issue, LePage has changed course and opposes the concept. LePage is likely to cite recent developments at the federal level — namely the Department of Justice issuing a memo last week rescinding a relaxed Obama-era stance on marijuana — as a reason to put the brakes on the law in Maine.

But Maine’s federal attorney said Tuesday he’s not interested in cracking down on pot. U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank told the BDN his office will focus on “hard

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