Gov. LePage: Marijuana bill is 'automatic' veto
PORTLAND (WGME) – Governor Paul LePage says even if the Senate passes the marijuana bill, it's an "automatic" veto from him.
The governor says that the bill passed by the House Thursday isn't good enough.
The problem he says has to do with taxes.
The bill develops a structure for the sale of recreational marijuana.
The committee working on the bill calls it a compromise, eliminating social clubs and reducing the number of plants that people can have.
During an interview with the governor late Friday afternoon, he says he will still veto the bill because medical marijuana should go away now that adult use is legal.
He says people will just get medical marijuana to avoid paying excise tax.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.
If it passes and the governor vetoes it, the House and Senate would have a chance to override the veto.
If the bill becomes law, state regulators will have to come up with rules to allow pot sales.