Maine Group Launches Statewide Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

November 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Legalize Maine President Paul T. McCarrier unveils the group's marijuana legalization plan Wednesday at the State House, as supporters look on.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The former head of the Maine Medical Caregivers Association is launching a statewide campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. But Paul T. McCarrier’s new group expects to face some competition from the Washington D.C,.-based Marijuana Policy Project, which has backed legalization efforts in other states.

McCarrier’s group, called “Legalize Maine,” is also hoping to capitalize on homegrown appeal for the benefit of marijuana growers, users and Maine’s rural economy. “Our plan will be a plan for Mainers, by Mainers, that will keep the money in this state,” he said, flanked by several dozen supporters at a State House news conference.

McCarrier said the initial plan would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana, allow adults to cultivate up to six flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants and an unlimited number of seedlings.

It also allows for the creation of marijuana social clubs. Municipalities would have the power to prohibit the clubs, and could also place local bans on retail storefronts and cultivation facilities. And McCarrier says marijuana would be taxed the same as prepared food and liquor at a rate of 8

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