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Pluecker introduces legislation for pot farmers, increase standards

Mar 31, 2021

On Monday, State Representative Bill Pluecker (I-Warren) continued his legislative agenda of helping Maine farmers and families by introducing two measures to the Legislature’s policy committees.

LD 939, “An Act To Support Maine's Medical Marijuana Program and Ensure Patient Access” was presented to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

It is intended to help small, medical marijuana farmers. This legislation was inspired by and written together with Warren caregivers to bring some solutions to a successful industry in the state.

This bill would improve Maine’s medical marijuana industry through nine separate measures focused on clearing up unnecessary limits of who may work on family farms, adapting to current market efficiencies, clearing unnecessary limits on business advertising and arduous record-keeping.

Pluecker, “As a small farmer myself, I understand the work, the risk, and hope behind any act of agricultural entrepreneurship. I have seen how the medical growers of my district have managed to succeed despite an inhospitable regulatory system.”

Small industry farmers from around the state spoke in favor of this bill as the public hearing.

Another bill introduced by Pluecker is LD 940, “An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards." It was presented to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Focused on a handful of household and restaurant appliances, these programs and bills were written and instituted in discussion with the manufacturers of the products. There are 16 other states that have passed efficiency regulations on various products and appliances.

As these products are already being produced and sold in our state and across the nation, the implementation of these statutes does not pose a real difficulty for either manufacturers or consumers.

This bill will save Maine ratepayers approximately $9,000,000 annually in 2025 and up to $36,000,000 annually in 2035. Savings only increase over time.

Pluecker introduced this bill in the last session and was passed in the House, but the measure died before the Senate could consider the measure before the legislature adjourned due to the health pandemic.

Pluecker is serving his second term in Augusta and is serving on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, as well as the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

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