AUGUSTA – Lawmakers at the Maine State House took public comment on five bills regarding recreational, or adult use, marijuana Monday.
One of those bills would allow co-location of medicinal and recreational retailers.
Those in support feel it’s the best way to move forward with both markets.
“It’s just common sense. If we’re talking about the state wanting to gather tax revenue, we should provide one, simple place where people will be able to go buy their cannabis,” said Paul McCarrier, the president of Legalize Maine and the proprietor of 1 Mill.
One lawmaker expressed his concern for some of the bills presented Monday, including one that would allow delivery of adult use marijuana to people’s homes.
His concerns also involved the amount of testing on the product.
“There should be a lot of research done before we really get this off the ground because I think that’s what’s lacking, the research and the facts of what cannabis does to people,” said Sen. Scott Cyrway (R – Albion).
Adult use marijuana was approved by Maine voters in 2016. A legislative committee will take action based on what they heard Monday, moving the state closer to recreational retailers opening.