Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Establish Legal Marijuana System

Legislation that would have allowed for the implemenation of a marijuana legalization law passed by voters in 2016 has been vetoed by Maine Governor Paul LePage.

Maine Governor Paul LePage.

Governor LePage’s veto is the second time he’s vetoed legislation that would have established a regulated system for legal marijuana cultivation and sales.

In his veto letter for LD 1719 (published by Marijuana Business Daily), Governor LePage wrote that he “cannot in good conscience support a law that, on its face, violates federal law.” Fortunately the state’s legislature has enough votes to override the governor’s veto, given support doesn’t change among many legislators

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“Reefer Makes Darkies Think They’re as Good as White Men”

“Reefer Makes Darkies Think They’re as Good as White Men”.

Harry J. Anslinger.
Racist Harry J. Anslinger.

Above is an actual, non-altered quote from Harry J. Anslinger, who was a government official for decades. Anslinger’s successful crusade against cannabis in the 1930s makes him easily the top reason cannabis was made illegal; a policy that obviously stands to this day.

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers”, Anslinger said shortly prior to cannabis being made illegal. “Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

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Bill to Defelonize Drug Possession Passed Into law in Maine

MaineLD 1554, a proposal to defelonize the personal possession of drugs such as cocaine and heroin, has been passed into law in Maine. The measure has become law without the signature of Governor Paul LePage.

Under the proposed law, the personal possession of small amounts of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth and oxycodone would no longer carry with it a potential felony charge, but instead would be punishable by a much less severe misdemeanor. The vote for the bill in the House of Representatives was 132 to 17, while support in the Senate was unanimous, 35 to 0. It was introduced by Republican Senator Kimberley Rosen, with five bipartisan cosponsors.

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Maine Governor Says Out of State Drug Dealers are Impregnating ‘Young White’ Girls

Maine Governor Paul LePage.
Maine Governor Paul LePage.

Maine Governor Paul LePage is drawing outrage over racist remarks he made recently about out of state drug dealers, “…with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” impregnating the “young white” girls of Maine.

The comments came at a townhall meeting when LePage was asked to address substance abuse in the state.

“LePage’s comments sound like those of an unreconstructed racist,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Whether one focuses on his outrageous words or on his outrageous drug policies, what’s apparent is the governor’s indifference to the lives and wellbeing of people struggling with addiction to heroin and other drugs.”

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Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Bill Allowing Hemp Cultivation

hempMaine’s Legislature has overwhelmingly voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of LD4, a proposal that allows farmers in the state to cultivate industrial hemp without first receiving approval from the federal government.

Last year, Maine lawmakers passed a bill legalizing the cultivation of hemp, but a provision in the measure prevented hemp from being grown before federal law is changed. LD4 removes this barrier, allowing hemp to be cultivated now, without the necessity of a change in federal law. Governor LePage vetoed the measure after passing nearly unanimously in the Legislature, and now the legislature has overridden that veto with a 27 to 6 vote in the Senate, and a 135 to 6 vote in the House of Representatives.

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