On Friday, May 3rd, Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding the first public hearing on LD 1229, the Marijuana Regulation Act. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, it would direct the state to license and regulate retail outlets which would sell marijuana to adults in the state – the measure would also allow farmers to begin cultivating hemp.
LD 1229 is supported by a large, bipartisan coalition of 35 State Senators and Representatives. Among those sponsoring the measure is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, the first committee the bill will need to pass through to become law. Based on the current lineup of the committee, the measure is expected to be approved, moving it towards a full House and Senate vote.
Those living in Maine should be urging their elected officials towards supporting this measure. Those interested can find a prewritten letter to send to their lawmakers by clicking here.