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Maine: Help Make Marijuana Legalization A Reality

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portland maine marijuana legalizationBy Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

Despite experiencing setbacks when it came to reintroducing marijuana legalization legislation for the 2014 Maine legislative session, efforts are already underway to prepare for 2015. The primary sponsor of the previous marijuana legalization bills in the state, Rep. Diane Russell, and NORML are seeking input regarding the drafting of this legislation. We feel the current draft is well written and accomplishes a number of goals we can all agree on, such as the establishment of retail outlets to sell marijuana to those over the age of 21, allowing for home cultivation, protecting the current medical marijuana program, dedicating tax revenue to establish subsidies to low income patients to help them afford their medical cannabis, implement a reasonable tax structure for marijuana sold at retail, and give deference on retail licenses to those who have held residency in Maine for several years. Below is a message from Rep. Russell, read it over then click the link to read the current bill draft and leave your comments (be polite and constructive!).

I’ve been working hard to draft a responsible bill that balances a variety of stakeholder interests, along with what is politically viable. It is designed to be a rational, pragmatic bill designed to move Maine forward toward ending prohibition.

My goal has always been to pull together the best version I could, and then open it up for public comment this week so everyone can help make it even better. I just wanted to be sure we had a good version of the bill to start from. Just log in with Facebook or Twitter and leave the comments and suggestions for all of us to see. You can start a “new suggestion” in the control box to the right, after you sign in.

It’s yours now.

So here’s the deal. Write whatever you want, suggest whatever you think makes it better. It’s yours to critique, to provide feedback and to comment freely.

All comments received before December 15, 2013 will be aggregated, and I will work to incorporate constructive, realistic feedback into the final bill which I’d like to release early next year.

Some Key Goals:

1. Adhere to the eight guidelines issued by the Department of Justice.

2. Protect patients.

3. Protect our communities and our kids. Would my mom approve? Would yours?

4. Ensure the industry is for Maine people and boosts local economies across the state.

5. Ensure adults could grow at home.

6. Constructively balance the varied interests and concerns coming from often opposing view points

7. Make Mainers Proud.

It’s in your hands now. Make it a better bill!

-Rep. Diane Russell

CLICK HERE TO READ THE DRAFT AND LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK

Want to do more to help bring marijuana legalization to Maine? We encourage all Mainers to check out www.yesmaine.org to review the information there. You can also submit your contact information if you are interested in playing a role in the formation of a Maine NORML chapter. It was with your support we have made the progress in Maine that we have, keep up the hard work and we can finish the job come 2015.

Together, we will legalize marijuana.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m only a high school student. Yes, I use marijuana to self medicate. I know that marijuana is the least addictive drug even compared to caffeine, but there should be some sort of rehabilitation to those that become mentally addicted to it. I have a major depressive disorder and use it almost daily. When I don’t have it, I become more depressed. It only lasts a couple of weeks (if I’m out that long). I know my thought is just that, but I think it may be a good idea. Even if we raised the tax higher to be able to fund these programs.

  2. A post from a guy in Oregon, pushing for legislation from a Bourbon drinker, written by shystahs in DC, finally asking us Mainers what we want? Being inclusive starts at the beginning

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