AUGUSTA – At 12:01 A.M., Monday, it became legal to light up marijuana in Maine, but there are some restrictions.
You can smoke marijuana legally in Maine now, if you’re so inclined. But you have to be on private property to do so.
You can grow marijuana, but only up to six plants at time.
“Right now, you can’t go and buy it at a retail shop someplace,” said Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau, (R) – Winterport.
You can’t smoke it in public or in your car. And, you have to be at least 21-years-old to possess it or smoke it.
Also Monday, a special Marijuana Legalization Committee was announced.
“There will be 50-plus bills that I know about that have been submitted regarding the marijuana issue. This committee will hear them all. And hopefully start to craft that public policy,” said Thibodeau.
The legalization of marijuana has little to no impact on Maine’s drug agents.
“Our goal is focused on the middle and upper level traffickers of any drug,” said Roy McKinney, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency director.
Now this committee could begin meeting as early as next week. And it’s efforts will be focused on rules and regulations for retail sales.