Maine Lawmakers Snuff Move to Legalize Pot
- Jun 11, 2013 | Gail Cole
Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) thinks legalization is inevitable. She sponsored the bill in order to “get ahead of this issue,” so that regulations can be put in place before legalization. Rep. Russell points out that both Washington State and Colorado have been dealing with “serious gray areas” since voters approved legalization last fall.
Her bill was entitled “An Act to Regulate and Tax Marijuana,” and not surprisingly, both regulation and tax figure predominantly in it. Among other items, the bill proposes “an excise tax at the rate of $50 per ounce” (adjusted yearly for inflation), and allows an exemption for “qualifying [medical marijuana] patients and primary caregivers….”
The vote last Friday was a real “nail-biter,” according to David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. That suggests that the movement to legalize—and tax—recreational marijuana in Maine is not yet ready to go up in smoke.
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