Maine Legislation Would Repeal Marijuana Legalization

Legislation introduced in Main would fully repeal a voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for everyone 21 and older.

LD 667 was introduced by Senator Scott Cyrway along with eight other senators and representatives. All of the lawmakers sponsoring the measure are Republicans.

LD 667 would repeal Question 1, a citizens initiative approved in last year’s election with 50.27% voting in favor. The initiative legalized the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed retail outlets and distribution centers.

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Marijuana Becomes Legal in Maine on January 30th, Most Progressive Cannabis Law in U.S.

In just a few weeks, on January 30th, cannabis becomes legal for those 21 and older in Maine.

This is thanks to portions of Question 1 taking effect. With a possession limit of 2.5 ounces, it’s the most progressive of the eight states that have legalized cannabis. The seven other states have a limit of one ounce, though Oregon and Massachusetts allow more at a private residence.

The new law also brings Maine a more liberal marijuana cultivation limit than other states. Of the six states that allow cannabis cultivation, all but one allow six plants to be grown; that one state is Oregon, where four is allowed. Maine’s Question 1, however, allows six mature plants, 12 immature plants and an unlimited amount of seeds/seedlings.

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Maine Legalization Initiative Survives Recount, to Take Effect January 15th

A recount effort by opponents of Maine’s Question 1 to legalize cannabis has confirmed that the measure received majority support and will soon become law.

Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities announced this afternoon that they’ve abandoned their recount effort after it became clear that the results would end up practically the same as they did election night (November 8th); the measure won by roughly 4,000 votes, or less than 1%. The recount effort cost taxpayers around $15,000.

Now that the measure has survived a recount effort, it will go into effect on January 15th. The imitative allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. This is the most progressive possession limit among the eight states that have legalized cannabis; they all have a limit of one ounce (Massachusetts and Oregon allow you to have more but only at a private residence). The personal cultivation of up to six plants will be legalized on January 15th as well.

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Here’s When the Newly Passed Cannabis Legalization Initiatives Take Effect

take effectIn a massive victory for cannabis, eight of nine statewide cannabis initiatives were victorious in this year’s election. Four of these measures legalize cannabis for all uses for those 21 and older. This doubles the number of legal cannabis states across the U.S. from four to eight.

Now that these measures have been passed, many may be wondering when they take effect. Below is a look at the four recreational cannabis measures, and when they become law:

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Successful Maine Legalization Initiative is Most Progressive in the Country

In yesterday’s election eight out of nine statewide cannabis initiatives came out victorious. Among them, Maine’s Question 1 stands out as being the most progressive.

ProgressivePrior to this election four states legalized cannabis, all of them with a one ounce limit. Yesterday’s successful initiatives in California, Massachusetts and Nevada adopted this same limit. Maine, however, allows for the possession of 250% this amount; 2.5 ounces. This clearly demonstrates that voters – at least in some states – are willing to accept a limit higher than one ounce.

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Maine Has Legalized Cannabis

Maine has become the next state to legalize cannabis through the passage of Question 1.

Question 1Voters in Maine have given approval to Question 1 to legalize cannabis. The initiative legalizes the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older. It also legalizes cannabis retail outlets, supplied by cannabis cultivation centers.

The measure allows for the possession of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis, which is considerably higher than the one ounce limit set in the four states that legalized cannabis prior to this election; Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska. Like the latter three, Question 1 allows for the cultivation of up to six plants (and 12 immature plants).

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Here are All 9 Statewide Cannabis Initiatives Up for a Vote this November

Cannabis Legalization InitiativesAs you’ve probably heard by now, there are nine cannabis legalization initiatives up for a vote this November; five that would legalize cannabis for all uses – for those 21 and older – and four that would legalize cannabis for medical purposes. Below is a link to the full text of these initiative’s, for those wanting to know the full details of each proposal.

Recreational Cannabis Initiatives:

    • Nevada: For the full text of Question 2 click here.
    • California: For the full text of Proposition 64 click here.
    • Maine: For the full text of Question 1, click here.
    • Massachusetts: For the full text of Question 4, click here.
    • Arizona: For the full text of Proposition 205, click here.

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    Maine Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November Ballot as Question 1

    Like Colorado, Washington and Oregon, Maine's initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets.
    The initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets. (Photo: IBTimes.com)

    A Maine initiative that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been officially placed on this November’s election ballot as Question 1, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

    According to Dunlap, the following is the exact questioning that will appear on the ballot this November 8th; “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

    David Boyer, the Campaign Manager for the Yes on 1 campaign, says he’s happy with the way the question is worded.

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