AUGUSTA – Another step was taken toward extending the date for legalized sales of marijuana.
Those on both sides of the proposed marijuana moratorium told legislators what they thought of the proposal.
Maine voters approved the legalization of marijuana in November. According to the referendum, the drug would become legal to possess and cultivate as of January 30. The referendum also called for state lawmakers and bureaucrats to have rules and regulations ready by the end of October, when business owners could begin applying for licenses to sell the product.
Now, the legislature is considering moving that sell-by date to February 2018. The delayed implementation also gives the legislature time to fix the errors that are filling the initiated bill.
Representative Luois Luchini, D-Ellsworth said “Dozens of people spilled out of the committee room, into overflow rooms, to hear testimony on the proposal.”
Melissa Wiesberg of The Christian Civic League of Maine added “We agree that allowing an additional three months to draft these guidelines is a wise step insuring the health and safety of Mainers.”
Most people testifying Monday agreed it was necessary to prohibit sales of the product to anyone under the age of 21. And, it appeared that even those opposed to the extended moratorium favored amending it to allow use on private property.
Legalize Maine President Paul T. McCarrier stated “Try it first. And if you need more time, we can come back and ask for more time.”
Now, the public has had its chance to voice its opinions on ID 88,. The committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning to decide one way or the other whether it will recommend the moratorium go forward. Then it’s up to the full legislature.