AUGUSTA – It’s going to take a while, maybe even right up to the February 2018 deadline, to create rules, regulations and laws for the retail sale of marijuana.
Tuesday, however, legislators took another step toward that goal.
While Tuesday’s meeting was the first for the 17-member special committee on marijuana sales, it won’t be the last.
This committee will be breaking new ground for Maine law.
“Recreational marijuana has been legal for some time in Colorado, Oregon and Washington sates. We’ve already begun, through staff, to reach hout to those other states so we can learn from their mistakes,” said Senator Roger Katz, (R) – Augusta, who is the senate chairperson of the committee.
Katz said he expects the committee members to harvest the best parts of nearly 50 proposed bills dealing with marijuana legalization.
“Over the short term, I expect this committee to familiarize itself with cannabis from the whole see to sale of it,” said Paul McCArrier, presient of Legalize Maine, a group instrumental in the passage of the referendum to legalize the recreational use of pot.