Marijuana committee removes social club licensing from Maine bill
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s marijuana implementation committee has voted to remove social clubs from the state’s Marijuana Legalization Act.
The Portland Press Herald reports the committee voted Wednesday to strip the adult-use bill of references to social club licensing. Committee members also rejected a measure that would allow the state to share marijuana tax revenues with municipalities that host licensed pot cultivation or retail businesses.Related ArticlesMaine lawmakers send marijuana sales bill to Gov. LePage. He’s vowed to veto it.Maine House OKs retail marijuana bill, but with fewer votesMaine House passes new compromise on legal marijuana salesMaine marijuana radio show educating listeners on lawMaine bill would make it easier to qualify for medical marijuana
Lawmakers have voted for delays in implementation so Maine can follow other states. Republican Sen. Roger Katz, who co-chairs the committee, says Maine should “go slow and be conservative” with the pot industry.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage previously vetoed a bill that would’ve paved the way for social club licensing by 2019. LePage has raised concerns about impaired driving.
A final committee vote is scheduled for Friday.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com