In 1999, Maine became the 4th state to legalize medical marijuana, and in a tightly run race, Question 1, for recreational legalization was passed at the November 2016 polls. The 50.26% of yes voters prompted a recount by opponents. But after a partial (and failed) review costing $15,000 opponents withdrew the request. Such a recount could have cost taxpayers up to $500,000.
Question 1 took effect on January 30, 2017 but thanks to political gridlock, and federal scare tactics, the legal sales date and licensing approval is unclear. But that hasn’t stopped Maine’s creative thinkers from dabbling in that equally murky grey area. Gift delivery services have popped up, offering free cannabis in exchange for a handsome delivery fee.
Lawmakers have mixed opinions, but aren’t interested in getting in the way of these enterprises, yet.
Legal sales were mentioned to be in 2019, but also anticipated for May 2018. In the case of Maine’s Marijuana legislation, it’s no longer a case of if, but when.
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
"Throughout my career in public policy and in public office, I have fought to reform or eliminate wasteful and ineffective government programs. There is no government program or policy I can think of that has failed in such a unique way as marijuana prohibition."