Gov. LePage Issues Proclamation Certifying Question 1 Result
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed the proclamation certifying the result of marijuana legalization ballot measure Question 1. Starting on January 30, limited personal possession and cultivation of cannabis will be legal for adults 21 and older in Maine.
Adults will be able to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow six flowering plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings. Using cannabis in public will remain illegal.
The proclamation was delivered to the secretary of state on Tuesday morning.
Saturday was the deadline for the proclamation, according to the Maine Constitution. Question 1 becomes law 30 days after the proclamation.
‘This Will Allow Law Enforcement To Focus On Serious Crimes’
“Mainers will no longer be punished for using a substance that is safer than alcohol,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes On 1, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) . “This will allow law enforcement to focus on serious crimes and save Maine millions in enforcement costs.
“We look forward to working with the legislature to ensure a timely implementation of Question 1, which will provide adults with a legal way to purchase marijuana from licensed and regulated businesses,” Boyer said.
”Sometimes our opponents have to be drug there kicking and screaming, but it is good to see the ‘No on 1’ campaign and Governor LePage honor the will of state voters and allow legalization’s election night victory to finally be formally certified,” said Executive Director Erik Altieri of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “We will be fighting to ensure the initiative is implemented as voters intended and will be vigilant and prepared to fight back against any further efforts to rollback this landmark reform.”
Governor LePage has been a strong opponent of implementing Question 1. “If there was ever a bill that the legislature should just kibosh, that’s it,” he said.
LePage has also suggested increasing the retail sales tax rates associated with the measure, as well as abolishing the state’s medical cannabis program, which has been in place since 1999.