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Maine Becomes Eighth State to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 30, 2017

    Maine Yes on 1Maine has become the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

    Language in Question 1: the Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults took effect today. It permits adults who are not participating in the state’s existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest of up to six mature plants.

    Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

    Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

    In response to Question 1, Maine lawmakers passed separate legislation, LD 88, permitting adults to possess up to five grams of marijuana concentrates. However, other provisions in the measure delay the implementation of retail marijuana sales until at least February 1, 2018. It also prohibits the possession of “edible retail marijuana products” until this date.

    Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington have previously adopted voter-initiated laws legalizing the private consumption and/or sale of cannabis by adults. The District of Columbia also permits adults to legally possess and grow personal use quantities of marijuana in private residences.

    8 Responses to “Maine Becomes Eighth State to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties”

    1. Anonymous2 says:

      Congratulations Maine! Another state practices the revolutionary principle of logic based on evidence instead of misinformation. Hopefully more states will examine the income and safety that comes with reducing the power of the black market over states that are legal to possess and consume.

    2. Mark Mitcham says:

      Thank you, voters of Maine!

    3. Julian says:

      Yes! Despite law suits and corrupt notaries Maine legalized marijuana! :-)
      No… the delay on retail is all the way until next YEAR? :-(
      Yes! Possession of concentrates legal! :-)
      No! Trump just fired the AG and Sessions is passing the Judiciary… :-(
      Yes! No arrests and people in Maine can grow means more state revenue regardless of retail revenue delays! :-)
      :-/ Someone get me off this rollercoaster.

    4. MSimon says:

      Nebraska decriminalized a long time ago.

      Why don’t they get any respect?

    5. A says:

      WAY TO GO MAINE;whoo-whoo;Nebraska is next!;

    6. A says:

      The Mairjuana is like a tennis match; first the weed in in our court; then in their court.

    7. A says:

      “and the court cases go on; so does the beat;”

    8. Luigi says:

      Weed is not a synthetic compounds or mixed with chemicals smoke gods herb

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