This article was originally published on Marijuana.com
Written by Duke London
Today, Jan. 30, 2017, Maine became just the second state in New England to legalize marijuana for adult use.
Maine was also one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana, all the way back in November of 1999. Portland, Maine actually became the first east coast city to legalize possession of marijuana (up to 2.5 ounces) in 2012, but now the entire state will be able to possess, grow, and consume cannabis flower, edibles, and extracts.
Maine’s ‘Question 1’ initiative narrowly passed on Nov. 8, 2016 by 3,995 votes. The slim margin of victory left some doubt in the minds of the opposition as representatives from ‘No on 1’ quickly filed a request for an official recount. The recount proved unsuccessful for the opposition, as it generated very similar results to the initial tally.
After a concession of defeat from ‘No on 1’ on Dec. 17, Governor Paul LePage signed ‘Question 1’ into law on December 31, effectively legalizing recreational marijuana in Maine thirty days from the date of signature.
Governor LePage had been vehemently against legalization in the state, even stating at one point that marijuana “could lead to more deaths” among Mainers. According to WMTW, LePage included in his signed proclamation that he “maintains strong concerns regarding the integrity of Maine’s ballot and accuracy of Maine’s election results and cannot attest to the accuracy of the tabulation certified by the Secretary of State.”
LePage’s last-minute changes
As last week came to a close, there was wide speculation that lawmakers in Maine could implement significant delays to certain components of marijuana legalization in the state. Opposition to the new law was concerned about a number of factors, including a loophole that would have allowed minors under the age of 21 to possess marijuana lawfully without a doctor’s recommendation…
Source: Stoned Insider