Recreational marijuana to be law in less than 30 days, governor calls for moratorium

FILE - Recreational marijuana will become legal in Maine in less than 30 days. (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME/AP) -- Governor Paul LePage says he has signed off on the results of a referendum that legalized marijuana in the state, but he is also calling for a moratorium on sales of the drug.

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According to the office of the Maine Secretary of State, they received the signed proclamation for Question 1, dated December 31, from Governor Paul LePage’s office. Question 1 becomes law in 30 days from that signed date.

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Question 1 allows the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance.

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Voters passed the question on Election Night, Nov. 8, with a margin of 4,073 votes in favor.

The “No on 1” campaign, which had requested the recount, conceded last month.

Gov. Paul LePage said on Tuesday during an appearance on WVOM-FM that everything that has crossed his desk related to the election is now signed.

But the Republican governor says he remains skeptical of whether it is wise for the state to implement legalized marijuana for recreational use.

He says it would be appropriate for the Legislature to put a moratorium on the sale of marijuana until a regulatory structure is funded and in place.

Proponents of legal marijuana say regulations will take about nine months to establish.

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