AUGUSTA – The state is preparing for marijuana to officially become legal in Maine.
Those for and against the legalization of marijuana have been busy the past few weeks recounting votes from election day.
The referendum question passed by about 4,000 votes in November but opponents asked for a recount.
They withdrew their request on Saturday saying they realize the result is not going to change.
Now the Secretary of State’s Office is getting ready for the next steps.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap “We prepare an amended tabulation of the vote for the governor to sign. The governor will have ten days to sign that. Once the governor signs it, the law will take effect 30 days after he signs the instrument proclamation.”
As for when marijuana social clubs and businesses start popping up around the area it may not be for a while.
Many cities and towns have already signed 6 month moratoriums to delay the measure.