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Supports Question 1: implement regulated marijuana market

MPP.org legislative summary: Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation that would have implemented a regulated marijuana market that Maine voters called for when they approved Question 1 in 2016. The bill, 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 marijuana and delay marijuana social consumption lounges until summer 2019. LD1650 was the product of nearly seven months of deliberations that included input from a variety of stakeholders and concerned residents. Gov. LePage attempted to circumvent this legislation by introducing a bill to officially delay marijuana retail sales until 2019, but it was defeated in late October.

Legislative outcome: House vote #476, Oct. 23, passed 81-50-20; Senate vote #475 passed 22-9-4; Eric Brakey voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. LePage on Nov. 3; Veto override Nov. 6 failed 74-62-14 (2/3 required)

Source: MPP.org on Maine legislative voting record S-345/LD1650 , Oct 23, 2017

Supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use

Maine residents have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state. The final results of the referendum were within a fraction of a percentage point, but supporters declared themselves the winners and had predicted home cultivation of marijuana would be legal by around Christmas.

"The Maine people have passed it, and we should work on implementing it," said Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey, who supported the ballot issue.

Medical marijuana was already legal in Maine. People 21 or older will now be allowed to use up to 2-1/2 ounces of marijuana, and retail marijuana shops and social clubs could open around the state. Some municipalities have balked at allowing such businesses to open in their communities.

Marijuana won't become available at the retail level until after a state rulemaking process that could be slow and arduous. All of the marijuana sold in Maine will also be grown in Maine.

Source: PBS Newshour on 2018 Maine Senate race , Nov 10, 2016

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