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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:40 PM

Democratic and Republican legislators unite on bill to legalize and tax marijuana (Maine)

Source: BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers in a statewide referendum the chance to legalize marijuana.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce.

Russell and others argued during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars of revenue. Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government, including public education and most social services.

Russell proposes making it legal for individuals to grow as many as six plants if they are cultivated in a locked space. She also supports allowing the transfer of the drug from one adult to another without compensation.

Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/21/politics/democratic-and-republican-legislators-unite-on-bill-to-legalize-and-tax-marijuana/

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Reply Democratic and Republican legislators unite on bill to legalize and tax marijuana (Maine) (Original post)
Maine-ah Feb 2013 OP
Politicalboi Feb 2013 #1
reflection Feb 2013 #2
Maine-ah Feb 2013 #4
AAO Feb 2013 #10
joshcryer Feb 2013 #12
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #3
AAO Feb 2013 #11
ThomThom Feb 2013 #5
Uncle Joe Feb 2013 #6
samsingh Feb 2013 #7
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #13
Arkana Feb 2013 #8
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #9
Macoy51 Feb 2013 #14

Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:53 PM

1. Great, but

They still want to tell you how many plants you can have, and in a "locked" place. Do they go into gun owners homes to make sure their guns are locked up? Such nonsense.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:00 PM

2. I agree with you,

but at this point I'm good with baby steps. The wheels are turning slow but at least they're turning.

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Response to reflection (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:23 PM

4. I'll take the baby steps...

better than none at all.

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Response to reflection (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:35 PM

10. I've waited over 40 years waiting for ANY steps, baby or otherwise. So yeah - this is good.

 

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:07 PM

12. You're limited as to how much beer you can brew.

I don't see the problem.

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:08 PM

3. Road trip.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:36 PM

11. Quite coincidently, the Mrs. and I were thinking of Maine this year. Now it's a sure thing!

 

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:26 PM

5. if cannabis is legal in one place then my rights are being violated

if it is not legal where I am. How long 'til fairness?

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:26 PM

6. Kicked and recommended for the great state of Maine.



Thanks for the thread, Maine-ah.

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:45 PM

7. i hope this is a trend

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Response to samsingh (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:28 PM

13. It is. I think there are bills filed or pending in five or six states this year.

I'd be suprised if any of them passed, though; getting that through a legislature is tough.

There could be more initiatives in 2014 (Alaska, Oregon?) and more in 2016 (Arizona, California, Massachusetts, others I can't remember).

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:29 PM

8. And then they all got totally blazed and listened to some Phish.

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:47 PM

9. Kick, Rec.

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Response to Maine-ah (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:37 PM

14. Loving It

 

I love it. Best of all, as other states see the tax revenue Maine is making, they will be hard pressed not to legalize/tax it in their own states. I can see this snowballing until just about every state makes it legal.

When the Great State of Georgia legalizes it, I have a spot near my bedroom window picked out where I can grow a few plants for personal use. Now I just need a Hobbit pipe to smoke my Longbottom Leaf.


Macoy

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