Maine’s Legislature overrode Governor LePage’s veto of LD 1719, the Act to Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana. The framework and essential regulations to implement recreational marijuana sales can begin. Legal sales aren’t expected to start until sometime next year.
Senator Roger Katz says the legislation was necessary to implement recreational sales properly, according to ProCon. LePage originally vetoed the legislation on April 27 due to the medical and recreational marijuana industries not being integrated. Both programs have different types of tax structures and regulatory oversight requirements.
LePage sill sides with federal law and said, “possession of any amount of marijuana under federal law is a misdemeanor crime… and I cannot in good conscience support a law that, on its face, violates federal law”.
It is not said when regulations and framework will be available. The licensing process has also not been laid out yet. The final bill did include the reduction in plants for home cultivation, allowing just 3 plants.