23 Jun Maine Legislators Reject Marijuana Legalization Bills
AUGUSTA, Maine — If Maine is going to “free the weed,” the Legislature wants no part of the process.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate overwhelmingly affirmed on Monday that they would not pass a law to legalize, tax and regulate recreational use of marijuana. The House rejected LD 1380, a bill by longtime legalization advocate Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, that would have put the question out for a public vote. The bill was defeated 98-45.
The bill was the best and last chance for pro-pot activists to push their agenda through the Legislature this year. While the bill still faces a vote in the Senate, its death is all but assured; senators on Monday unanimously killed another pro-legalization bill, LD 1401, sponsored by another Portland Democrat, Rep. Mark Dion. [Read more at the Bangor Daily News]
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