Maine: City and town leaders grapple with how to regulate recreational marijuana

Across Maine, the knowledge that the sale of recreational marijuana will eventually be legal has many towns and cities bracing for the change.

It’s a daunting task for the local officials who are considering the potential effects of legalization, from the odors that could waft off of growing facilities, to the burden those facilities could place on water and electric systems, to the impaired drivers that could hit the road.

Ted Kelleher, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum, holds up the 30 page Marijuana Legalization Act referendum, that passed last fall, on Friday during the Ted Kelleher, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum, holds up the 30 page Marijuana Legalization Act referendum, that passed last fall, on Friday during the "Marijuana on Main Street" event sponsored by Maine Downtown Center in Johnson Hall in Gardiner. Staff photo by Joe Phelan Related Headlines

Community leaders from across the state raised...

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