Effort to repeal marijuana legalization goes up in smoke

By Stephen Betts | Jul 02, 2018

Augusta — Legislators were split largely along party lines last week on a Republican proposal to repeal the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The House voted 73-49 June 26 to kill LD 667. The Senate voted 18-13 against starting the repeal process.

Voting against repeal in the House were Reps. Pinny Beebe-Center, D-Rockland; Owen Casas, independent of Rockport; John Spear, D-South Thomaston; and Walter Kumiega III, D-Deer Isle.

Voting in the House to seek repeal of recreational marijuana were Republican Reps. Paula Sutton of Warren and Abden Simmons of Waldoboro.

In the state Senate, Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, was excused from the roll call vote.

Republican Sens. Dana Dow of Waldoboro and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport voted to repeal the legalization of marijuana.

Dow and Simmons were cosponsors of the repeal bill. The bill would have placed the repeal question out to voters in November.

Maine voters supported legalization of recreational marijuana during a November 2016 referendum. Knox County communities were divided over the legalization, with county residents supporting it 12,162 to 11,281. Friendship, North Haven, Owls Head, Union, Warren and Washington voted against legalization, while the remaining Knox County communities supported making it legal.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Jul 03, 2018 10:15

Regardless of which side of the issue you are on, this drug is illegal under federal law. I put some pretty good soldiers out of the Army for using it. If most Americans are in favor of recreational marijuana they should look to Congress to change it and not the state house.

Posted by: johanna stadler | Jul 03, 2018 09:31

and again I want to know does the ballot box matter?  The will of the voters should be all that matters.  Get this moving and let maine have some of the money.  Can have a bar every block, but going to balk on something that has been shown less harmful than alcohol.  Oh I know it adds color to rockland to have the drunks staggering down the street, but perhaps the marijuana would add a little color to the economy too.  People are using it now, the state is closed minded and not with the research that says it's less harmful than alcohol.  Oh wait, maybe they could sell it in the art galleries just for the folks from away...

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