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Maine: Prohibitionist Governor Vetoes Cannabis Regulation and Implementation Bill
Author: restore  06/11/2017 - 21:24:00

By Michael Bachara 
Hemp News 

Last Friday, Gov. Paul LePage followed through on threats to veto legislation that would have started the process of implementing a regulated cannabis market that Maine voters called for when they approved Question 1 in 2016. 

The progressive bill, LD 1650, which was supported overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, would have created rules for cultivation, processing, and retail establishments, as well as set tax rates for adult-use and delay cannabis social consumption lounges until summer 2019. 

LD 1650, the product of nearly seven months of transparent deliberations in the legislature which included input from a variety of stakeholders and concerned residents, has been denied. Gov. LePage and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) attempted to circumvent this legislation by introducing a bill to officially delay cannabis retail sales until 2019, but it was defeated in late October. 

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Original article from crrh.org:Maine: Prohibitionist Governor Vetoes Cannabis Regulation and Implementation Bill


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