Maine Legalizes Recreational Marijuana


It’s official – multiple reports out of Maine state that Maine voters have approved Question 1, which legalizes recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. As I have stated in the past, I have long thought that Maine would be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana via legislative action. Fortunately that no longer needs to happen because Maine has voters took matters into their own hands and approved recreational marijuana at the ballot box today. Add another state to the is of those that have rejected prohibition! Below is a quote sent over by David Boyer, campaign manager for the Yes on 1 legalization campaign about the result in Maine, followed by the summary text of the initiative that was approved by Maine voters today:

“For the past few years, we have highlighted the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and questioned the logic of laws that steer adults toward the more dangerous substance. Once Question 1 goes into effect, adults in Maine will no longer be punished for making the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol, if that is what they prefer. Our state’s laws are finally going to be based on the facts, rather than on the fear mongering and propaganda that produced marijuana prohibition.”

Below is an overview of the 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine. Click here to read the full text of the proposed initiative.


The initiative allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess a limited amount of marijuana, grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public.


The initiative establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities, and it creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Cities and towns will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.


The initiative enacts a 10% tax on adult-use marijuana sales, which will be used to implement and enforce regulations. Any remaining funds will be used by the legislature to benefit the citizens of Maine. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.


  1. Fungi Sclerotia 1427 says

    Congrats Maine on passing Question 1 and legalizing adult use of cannabis!

  2. darthhillbilly says

    Americans can now access Legal Cannabis on both coasts…Cannabis was the winner of this election!

  3. jasen joseph hylbert says

    While using cannabis extensively for both industrial and herbal uses, Hindu and traditional European cultures invented everything. Such is proof that herbal use of cannabis is not harmful to the brain. High pricing of herbal cannabis amounts to a sin tax and is a part of an ignorance and backward bigotry driven movement to suppress our cultures of sincerity, ingenuity, and logic. High herbal cannabis prices amount to pill pushing and pushing some type of cult of alcoholism on the populace. Alcoholism produces exernality costs we all pay for, and those brain drug pills are fouling human health as well as fouling water resources via urin that the wastewater treatment facities cannot remove such artificial pill chemicals from. Such harm is wanton and easily avoided. Considering the fact that we have been ahead technologically by leaps and bounds for a very very long time and continue to pull ahead further, fools who would sell out our culture and be a part of that suppression will in the long term have their price gouging actions proven very self defeating. Out of love I tell you to stop messing with us.

    Selling short on the potential of industrial uses of cannabis is no small crime. Production of cannabis for industrial uses will happen differently in different areas, but any bans on producing cannabis for industrial uses are illegal and those involved in the bans will be proven by the passage of time to have been both backward and self defeating in backing such bans. In certain areas fields of high THC varieties should be being grown for the purpose of using the seeds for food and/ or oil on various scales. Repealing any bans which prevent that from happening needs to happen now and doing so will greatly improve the situation for anyone involved with cannabis at all.

  4. jasen joseph hylbert says

    People are not the problem “Johnny” – corruption is the problem.

  5. myconaut says

    2016 was a watershed year for cannabis. A healing herb to heal our nation.

  6. Charles Davy says

    You really did call that too soon. It only just got legalized and by only 3,000 votes. Next time wait until AP confirms something passes before writing an article that it passed.

  7. Wendy says

    I am glad one of my favorite states made it legal. Hoping to go visit Maine soon. 🙂

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