Maine Considers Cannabis Legalization For Adult-Use

November 22nd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Maine Representative Introduces Legal Cannabis Bill

The Maine Legislative council is expected to decide Thursday whether or not they will allow the introduction of LR 2329 – “An Act to Align Maine’s Marijuana Laws With the Guidelines Governing Taxation and Regulation Issued by the Federal Government.”

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Diane Russel (D-Portland) and would permit the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21 if passed. It would establish a regulated retail system to distribute cannabis, edibles, and other infused products as well.

“The policy is focused on the responsible adult market and does not rewrite, recreate or in any way restrict the medical marijuana laws already on the books.” – Erik Altieri

As it stands, LR 2329 would allow the possession of up to 2 and 1/2 ounces of cannabis for adult-use, more than both Washington and Colorado. Unlike in Washington however, Maine residents would be permitted to cultivate up to 6 plants as well as obtain cannabis from licensed retail locations.

LR 2329 calls for a 10% sales tax and a 15% excise tax on adult-use cannabis sales, with a minimum excise tax of $1.50 per gram. With that in mind, the prospective tax revenue will be allocated to public school construction, addiction treatment services, underage sales prevention, research, as well as programs to help low-income medical marijuana patients afford their medicine.

Nonetheless, “the policy is focused

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