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Marijuana moratorium expires without action

AUGUSTA - The moratorium on retail sales of marijuana has expired without lawmakers taking action to extend it. That could change in the near future.

The moratorium expired Thursday and lawmakers have been considering extending it until April 18th or even longer. That would give them more time to draft laws and regulations for the new industry.


In the end, retail sales are still on hold whether there's a moratorium or not, because those rules haven't been set into place. Some are concerned about the big delay.


Representatative Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth, said "I think people in Maine passed a referendum 15 months ago and they're expecting us to do the business of the people of Maine."


The marijuana implementation committee planned to return to Augusta today to continue to work on new marijuana regulations.