Local legislators split on retail marijuana sales – By Stephen Betts … – Courier

April 16th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Local legislators were split on a bill that gained overwhelming approval this week to legalize retail marijuana sales beginning in the spring of 2019.

The Maine House voted 112-34 on Tuesday, April 10, for the bill, LD 1719. On Wednesday, the state Senate followed suit and approved the legislation 24-10.

Those margins would be enough to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage if he takes that action.

In the House, Democratic Rep. John Spear of South Thomaston; Republican Rep. Abden Simmons of Waldoboro; and Democratic Rep. Walter Kumiega III of Deer Isle voted for the legislation.

Democratic Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center; independent Rep. Owen Casas of Rockport; and Republican Rep. Paula Sutton of Warren voted against the measure.

Casas stated on Facebook that he voted against the legislation because it does not treat municipalities fairly. The bill would send  sales and excise tax proceeds to the state. Casas also voiced opposition to the bill because it reduces the number of plants a person can grow for their own use at home from six to three.

In the Senate, Republican Sens. Dana Dow of Waldoboro and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport voted for the bill.

Democratic Sen. David Miramant of Camden voted against the legislation.

“I voted against this bill because it continued to erode the will of the voters around recreational marijuana,” Miramant said.” It reduced the number of plants, it took away revenue-sharing from the towns where it is sold, with all

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