Marijuana law basics for Maine and NH

December 2nd, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

FRYEBURG, Maine — Although Maine voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana at the polls in November 2016, and legalization took effect in January, a veto issued Nov. 3 by Gov. Paul LePage, upheld a few days later by the Maine House, have made it likely that commercial production and retail sales are probably years away.

A current statewide moratorium on such sales expires Feb. 1, 2018, but Maine’s Legislature reconvenes in January, so the moratorium could either be extended or replaced by an implementation law.

Some towns, like Fryeburg, have placed a moratorium on applications to the planning board for marijuana-related businesses. It is set to expire next January.

Fryeburg Town Manager Sharon Jackson said selectmen hope to have a marijuana zoning ordinance for voters to consider next June.

While seven other states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult-use cannabis, only five have launched retail markets. Massachusetts, which also passed a recreational use law last fall, plans to begin sales next year.

However, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. New Hampshire, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in July, has posted on the state Department of Health and Human Services website a notice saying violators could be punished with incarceration and fines, with no exemptions for medical marijuana card-holders.

A confirmed marijuana user could also risk losing security clearance, a license to drive a commercial vehicle and the right to purchase firearms and ammunition.

Below is the marijuana’s current legal status in Maine and New Hampshire


• Possession of small amounts

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