Maine

Wed
15
Apr

To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.

Tue
14
Apr

Maine hires inspectors for medical marijuana operations

AUGUSTA — In a first for Maine’s medical marijuana industry, the state has hired an outside group to inspect growing operations, a move criticized by advocates who say the process hasn’t been well-outlined.

In March, the Maine Department of Human Services signed a one-year, $167,000 contract with the Maine Sheriffs’ Association to inspect growing operations across the state. David Sorensen, a DHHS spokesman, said it’s primarily for “caregivers,” allowed under state law to grow marijuana for up to five patients who have gotten recommendations from doctors to use the drug.

Fri
10
Apr

Which States Will Legalize Marijuana This Year And Next?

At the beginning of 2014, when Colorado became the first state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the whole world was watching. “It was insane,” says Toni Fox, owner of Denver’s 3D Cannabis Center, where the first sale happened. “On January 1, there were close to 200 reporters here. Controlled chaos. It was just packed with reporters.”

But the more successful Colorado’s model is and the more imitation it inspires, the less attention it will get. “Colorado is not going to be the top dog for much longer,” says Kayvan Khalatbari, co-owner of the Denver Relief dispensary. “I think it’s only a matter of time before Colorado really gets overlooked.”

Mon
06
Apr

Nationally backed group has money lead in Maine marijuana legalization duel

AUGUSTA — The group with national clout in Maine’s marijuana legalization battle has an early money lead over advocates for a rival proposal, but almost all of that money came from one backer.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Maine says it has raised more than $50,000 between January and the end of March, said David Boyer, who is leading that group as Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. That’s well ahead of the $30,000 raised by Legalize Maine.

Wed
01
Apr

Former sheriff plans push to legalize marijuana in Maine

A former police officer turned lawmaker is launching the fourth effort this year to legalize recreational marijuana for Maine adults.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, has submitted a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana sales, tax them at 15 percent and allow use by adults 21 and older. The language of the legislation is being developed and details won’t be available until the process is completed.

Dion’s bill joins three other proposals – one from a fellow lawmaker and two from political action committees formed to advocate for legalization – that would legalize pot use by adults, create a regulatory structure for retail stores and cultivators, and tax sales.

Mon
30
Mar

Third effort to get marijuana on Maine ballot is underway

South Portland's police chief is calling for more oversight of the medical marijuana industry in Maine.(Photo: NEWS CENTER)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A third effort is afoot to get marijuana legalization on Maine's ballot.

Democratic state Rep. Mark Dion of Portland says he is talking to other legislators about co-sponsoring his bill. The bill proposes to ask residents about creation, regulation and taxation of a structure for recreational use of marijuana. It includes a proposed 10 percent tax rate for recreational marijuana.

Tue
24
Mar

Maine Voters Could Face Two Marijuana Legalization Initiatives on 2016 Ballot

AUGUSTA, Maine - The group that launched successful efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado and Alaska is officially taking steps to do the same in Maine.

Today supporters of the Marijuana Policy Project submitted a draft initiative that they hope to qualify for the 2016 statewide ballot.

This is the second citizens' initiative to propose legalizing pot next year. Both measures have some similarities and some big differences. Both plans would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over and also allow adults to grow small amounts for personal use. Both also call for a tax.

Tue
24
Mar

Second plan for legal marijuana would let Mainers possess an ounce and grow their own

Mainers 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow their own plants, and pot sales would be subject to a 10 percent tax under a proposal by a national group advocating for legalized recreational use in the state.

The Marijuana Policy Project, which led the successful drive to legalize recreational marijuana use in Colorado, will unveil its plan Tuesday. It is the second one to be released in the state this year and sets the stage for dueling campaigns pushing for legalization referendums in 2016.

Marijuana policy project plan

The marijuana legalization plan presented by the Marijuana Policy Project would:

Allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow six plants.

Mon
23
Mar

Marijuana Legalization In Maine Makes Progress, But Pro-Pot Groups Stand Divided

Maine is moving forward with marijuana legalization as two pro-pot groups launch spring petition drives to ask residents to legalize recreational consumption in 2016. While their goals are the same, the organizations remain divided on who exactly should lead the charge. The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, which played a key role in Colorado’s legalization effort, wants its proposal to go before voters next year. Legalize Maine, however, wants marijuana legalization in the state to be a domestic effort, according to the Associated Press.

Mon
23
Mar

5 states rapidly moving toward marijuana legalization

The legislative season is in full swing across the country, and pot is hot -- especially in New England

And we’re not even talking about medical marijuana or decriminalization bills, we’re talking about outright legalization bills.

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