New Group Kicks off Maine Marijuana Legalization Effort

November 19th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

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

AUGUSTA, Maine – A new group calling itself Legalize Maine today kicked off a statewide campaign to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over, and to put the issue before Maine voters in 2016.  

The proposal, which is still in the early stages, would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, to cultivate up to six flowering marijuana plants and 12 non-flowering plants and an unlimited number of seedlings.  

It also calls for marijuana to be taxed at 8 percent, the same rate as food, lodging and liquor.  The group’s president, Paul T. McCarrier, says the idea is to benefit Mainers.

“I feel like this an opportunity, not just for Maine but for the nation and for our rural economies across the country,” McCarrier says. “This is an opportunity to provide an example that does not come out of Washington, D.C., that does not come from Wall Street, but comes from the back 40, that comes from our small towns.”

McCarrier is the former executive director of the Caregivers Association of Maine, a trade association representing several hundred medical marijuana caregivers in the state.  He says he

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