STATEWIDE – Opening the first recreational marijuana retailer is still a work in progress in Maine.
Earlier this week, state lawmakers debated eight bills regarding adult use of marijuana in a legislative work session.
One of them would restrict where it can be smoked. The bill’s sponsor said that is to protect kids.
“Some of these bills want like 300 feet from a school, to me that’s ridiculous because we’re really setting our kids up to fail … What’s the word ‘recreational’ mean? Fun to kids,” said Sen. Scott Cyrway, R-Albion.
The bill would ban smoking marijuana in places where smoking tobacco is also illegal, such as in a private residence where there’s someone under the age of 18 present, and in a vehicle with a minor.
“It’s one of those things where like government can’t be legislating behavior to parents and children, that’s a common sense thing. I would just say to any parents out there you have to be responsible,” said Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine.
McCarrier said he is hopeful the Office of Marijuana Policy will be distributing the state’s first adult use retailer licenses by the end of April.