The Maine House Just Voted Down a Marijuana Legalization Bill

LD 1229, a tax-and-regulate bill, just lost in the Maine House by four votes, according to NORML. 

Dan Riffle of Marijuana Policy Project: "The vote was incredibly close though. 71-67; closest any legislative chamber has ever come to passing a legalization bill."

Maine Rep. Diane Russell announced a week after Colorado and Washington voters approved tax-and-regulate initiatives that she would introduce similar legislation in the Maine House. That legislation was roundly criticized in committee, including by legislators who approved Maine's medical marijuana program. According to the Bangor Daily News, legalization advocates will still push for a 2016 ballot measure. 

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Those darn Republicans!

  • SugarFree||

    Brave, progressive Maine, so enlightened compared to those redneck fundie states.

  • ||

    You do understand that Maine is the "redneck" state of New England, right?

  • SugarFree||

    I just go on what your mom mutters when the ball gag is out.

  • sarcasmic||

    My neighbors across the street put on regular smoke shows with their trucks. Covers the entire street. So I respond with fireworks. Then the guy down the road rips off a few rounds down range, prompting another smoke show and more fireworks.

    Maine. The way life should be.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Brave, progressive Maine, so enlightened compared to those redneck fundie states.

    You've never been to Maine, have you?

  • Hugh Akston||

    It was probably the legislators who represented the mist-dwelling monster districts that voted it down.

  • SugarFree||

    Getting high in the sewers of Derry is a very bad idea.

  • ||

    "Whoa, dude, are those deadlights?"

  • Hugh Akston||

    How did that town that's under the force field vote?

  • Acosmist||

    "Tax and regulate" sure as hell doesn't sound like legalization to me.

  • Guillotined||

    Sure sounds like a good plan lets just tax this substance to the point where cartels can continue to sell at a cheaper black market price.

  • WomSom||

    Dude seems to know which wasy is up.

  • Paul Pot||

    This will win next time.


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