STATEWIDE – Monday marijuana became legal in Maine. People 21 and older can now possess up to two and a half ounces of pot.
They can also grow it and use it on their own property.
However, a portion of the law that also allows retail marijuana shops and social clubs has been put off for a year.
Governor LePage signed the measure after lawmakers agreed on a moratorium to give the state more time to draft regulations for the new industry. It’s a victory for those who supported the effort, but the folks with the yes on one campaign are disappointment the legislature delayed the opening of retail shops.
Supporter Daivid Boyer stated “We hope they don’t ask for any more delays. And we hope that they work diligently to get these stores up and running because we need to minimize the amount of time that we’re forcing adults to the black market.”
Officials want to remind people using pot in public or driving while under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
We have a crew at the statehouse and will hear about the next step in the process tonight at six on ABC 7.