Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill
Maine’s Legislature has voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of legislation allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they deem appropriate.
Recently Maine’s Legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass LD 1539, which removes the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions, instead allowing doctors to recommend the medicine to anyone they feel could benefit of it. The measure makes several other changes, including increasing the number of dispensaries allowed in the state from eight to 14.
Despite passing by a combined vote of 144 to 31 in the House and Senate, Governor LePage – a staunch opponent of marijuana and efforts to liberalize the laws surrounding it – vetoed the measure. Thankfully the bill had well more than the 2/3rds support it needed in the legislature for them to override the veto, which they have now officially done.
The full text of LD 1539 can be found by clicking here.
In Maine, medical marijuana has been legal since 1999. The state legalized cannabis for recreational purposes in 2013.