Mar 062013
 

diane russell marijuana legalization legislation normlLegislation that seeks to make Maine the third state to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana is pending before state lawmakers. Democrat Representative Diane Russell of Portland has pre-filed legislation to be debated by lawmakers this spring. Her proposed measure would legalize the sale of as much as 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana per week to people 21 or older at licensed retail locations. The law would also permit for the cultivation of the plant in private settings.

A previous version of Russell’s legalization was initially rejected by House lawmakers by a vote of 107 to 39. States Rep. Russell: “I think there’s been a major culture shift since I introduced this bill in 2011. What we’ll see is a lot more folks ready to talk about this issue.”

Maine is one of a growing number of states where lawmakers are considering full cannabis legalization. NORML will continue to update you in the coming weeks as Rep. Russell’s proposal moves forward.

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Source: NORML

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