Our View: Time to consider homegrown plan for Maine marijuana

November 21st, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

With the announcement this week that a second group is seeking to put legalized recreational marijuana on an upcoming statewide ballot, the time has come to ask what a homegrown plan for legalization in Maine might look like.

On Wednesday, the newly formed political action committee Legalize Maine unveiled a proposal, aimed at the 2016 election, that the group says would put small-scale Maine growers and the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in the state ahead of out-of-state corporate interests.

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The 2012 legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has raised issues that Maine should consider when drafting its state policy, such as the diversion of legal marijuana to underage people and the regulation of pot-infused edibles.

The Marijuana Policy Project, a national group responsible for getting legalization questions on recent municipal ballots in Lewiston, Portland and South Portland, is working on a proposal as well, with the goal of gaining a place on the ballot in two years.

That two separate marijuana advocacy groups are seeking to put initiatives on the ballot shows that the issue is more complex than a simple up-or-down vote on legalization.

Legalization advocates in large part argue two points: That the war on drugs, particularly as it pertains to marijuana, is a waste of time and money, and that the state is missing out on a significant source of tax revenue by relegating pot to the black market.

But those ideas are sometimes in competition. That leaves a lot of issues to be addressed even before the

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