Maine Won’t Let Voters Decide Marijuana Legalization

June 13th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

A bill calling for a referendum on marijuana legalization fell short in the Maine legislature late last week. After that, reports the Daily Chronic, the Senate “placed the bill in legislative files,” killing it off for good.

The bill, LD 1229, was sponsored by Diane Russell (D-Portland), who proposed a system of regulation and taxation for the drug. The measure fell four votes short in the House of Representatives last week and voted down again on Monday in the Senate (24-10), reports the Bangor Daily News.

“This bill doesn’t propose legalizing marijuana,” said Gary Plummer (R-Windham) told the Daily News, criticizing the decision against the referendum. “I think it’s important to ask people their opinion.”

However, one critic of the bill, Sen. John Cleveland (D-Auburn), told the Portland Press Herald that allowing special-interest groups to make Maine law through referendum is “not in the best interest” of the state.

Another bill, LD 1062, passed the House with a large majority on Monday. If passed, it would add new medical conditions to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed.

by RTT Staff Writer

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