Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has long been outspoken critic of the voter-approved law that allows for the adult use and sale of marijuana. Now, lawmakers charged with drafting a bill that will help set up licensing, taxation and public safety rules worry the governor won’t lift a finger to implement it.

The LePage administration has been conspicuously absent from the bill drafting process for the past nine months. Recently, lawmakers worried the administration planned to block the bill when they couldn’t get guidance from Maine Revenue Services about setting up a sales tax framework.

This week those concerns were amplified as lawmakers put the final touches on a bill that could be voted on by the full Legislature in October.

Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce said governors in other states opposed legalizing marijuana, but they implemented the law once voters passed it.

“And I find it — I’ll say it — appalling that we have heard that this might not be acted upon. And that they’re not doing their job, that they’re elected to do and are paid to do,” she said. “And it is wildly frustrating to have worked nine months on something and know that might be the outcome.”

So far, the LePage’s administration’s intentions are mystery. The governor’s office routinely ignores press inquiries and it didn’t respond to questions on Thursday.

But speculation is growing that the administration

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