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Committee Deals Setback to Maine Recreational Pot Bill
05/14/2013 04:35 PM ET  

The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 8-3 against LD 1229, which would legalize the drug for recreational use and tax sales.

A legislative committee today dealt a blow to a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Maine.

The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 8-3 against LD 1229, which would legalize the drug and tax sales, according to the Bangor Daily News. Two members of the committee were absent.

Opponents said they were uncomfortable with legalizing the drug for recreational use, while some worried about the state's ability to adequately regulate it.

The measure's three supporters, including Augusta Republican Rep. Corey Wilson, said they would urge the Legislature to put the question to voters in a referendum on the November ballot, the paper reports.

 


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