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.
END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION
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.