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Leading Reform Organizations Applaud Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.

They represent constituents in four of the eight states that have enacted laws regulating cannabis for medical and adult use.

Twenty additional states have enacted comprehensive medical cannabis laws, and 16 additional states have enacted limited or unworkable medical cannabis laws.

In total, 44 states have adopted laws rolling back cannabis prohibition at the state level, representing 95% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 88% of the Senate.

The following is a joint statement issued on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus from the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Americans for Safe Access, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Clergy for a New Drug Policy:

“We commend Representatives Blumenauer, Rohrabacher, Polis, and Young for their leadership on the issue of cannabis policy. The establishment of a Cannabis Caucus will allow members from both parties, who represent diverse constituencies from around the country, to join together for the purpose of advancing sensible cannabis policy reform. It will also facilitate efforts to ease the tension between federal prohibition laws and state laws that regulate cannabis for medical and adult use.

“The formation of this caucus is a testament to how far our country has come on the issue of cannabis policy. There is a growing consensus that cannabis prohibition has failed, and it is time for a more sensible approach. A strong majority of Americans support making cannabis legal for medical and adult use, and an even stronger majority believes states should be able to establish their own cannabis policies without interference from the federal government. We look forward to working with caucus members to translate this growing public sentiment into sound public policy.”

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Activists Renew Push to Legalize Marijuana in Vermont

MONTPELIER, VT — A renewed push to legalize marijuana in Vermont will kick off Wednesday at the State House.

Members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, including representatives from Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, ACLU-VT, and the Marijuana Policy Project, say Vermont should join other New England states that are removing legal penalties for adult possession and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana.

Massachusetts and Maine are in the process of implementing voter-approved initiatives to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it like alcohol.

Under current Vermont law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a civil violation punishable by a fine of up to $200 for a first offense. Possession of one to two ounces of marijuana and cultivation of up to two marijuana plants are criminal misdemeanors punishable by a fine and up to six months in jail.

In the neighboring state of Massachusetts, it is now legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. In Maine, possession of up to 2.5 ounces and home cultivation of up to six plants will officially become legal on January 30.

“Massachusetts, Maine, and six other states have made marijuana legal for adult use,” said Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It makes no sense for Vermont to continue punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. Lawmakers should move swiftly to eliminate penalties for adult possession and limited home cultivation. They can then work to implement a reasonably regulated system that will take marijuana sales out of the illicit market.”

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Bill Filed to Delay Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Law

AUGUSTA, ME — Bipartisan lawmakers in Maine have filed a bill that would delay most of the implementation of Question 1, which legalized marijuana in Maine, by over a year.

The bill, House Bill 88, was introduced Wednesday by state Rep.  Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth) and Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Winterport).

The proposal would delay the implementation of most of Question 1 until February 1, 2018, including establishing a framework for a retail cannabis industry in the state, licencing of dispensaries, and possession of marijuana edibles by adults.

Proponents of the measure, which was approved by voters in November and successfully defeated a recount challenge by opponents, say lawmakers are “thumbing their nose at voters” by proposing the delay.

“Question 1 has nine months built-in to give regulators the time they need to craft responsible rules for legal marijuana sales. These politicians are clearly thumbing their nose at voters by proposing Maine delay this process before it has even started,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Personal possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana will still become legal for adults later this month, but the bill prohibits adults from possessing edibles until February 2018.

As of January 30, adults 21 or older will be allowed to:

  • Use, possess or transport up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana;
  • Transfer, without remuneration, up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and up to 6 immature plants or seedlings to a person who is 21 years of age or older;
  • Possess, grow, cultivate or transport up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings and possess all of the marijuana produced by the plants at the person’s residence;
  • Consume marijuana in a private residence.

The bill also makes the possession of marijuana by a minor a crime, unless they are authorized to possess marijuana for medical use.

HB 88, which can be read in full here, was filed as an emergency bill which would allow it go into effect immediately if at least two-thirds of the members in each chamber of the legislature approve it.

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Marijuana Legalization Opponents Drop Maine Question 1 Recount

AUGUSTA, ME — Opponents of Maine’s Question 1, which was narrowly approved by voters in November, dropped their recount request on Saturday.  With the recount challenge dropped, marijuana will become legal for adults 21 or older to possess early next year.

The recount had been underway for two weeks, with no significant change to the vote tally for either side.  Had opponents not withdrawn their request, the recount could have taken up to a month to complete, leaving taxpayers on the hook for an estimated $500,000.  Because the recount was ended early, the final price tag for the recount is expected to be much less.

Supporters from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) can now focus their attention on working towards implementing the measure.

“After counting nearly a third of all the ballots in Maine, it was clear that the recount was not going to change the result,” wrote David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1, in an email to supporters Saturday.  “We are grateful that the No on 1 campaign has conceded and look forward to working together towards a successful implementation of Question 1.”

Maine was one of four states where voters approved measures to legalize the adult, recreational use of marijuana on election day.  Maine voters approved Question 1 by less than a one percent margin.  Unofficial results of the election from the Secretary of State’s office show 381,692 “yes” votes to 377,619 “no” votes, a margin of only 4,073 votes.

Question 1 will become law 30 days after the Governor proclaims the result of the election.  First, however, the results of the measure need to be certified by the Secretary of State.  The Governor then has 10 calendar days to proclaim the election results.

Once the measure takes effect, possession and use of up to two and a half ounces of marijuana will become legal for adults 21 and older.

State regulated recreational sales of marijuana to adults are expected to follow in about a year, with sales subject to a 10 percent sales tax.

The full text of Question 1 can be found here.

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Maine Governor Wants to ‘Get Rid’ of Medical Marijuana Program

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R). LePage said after the election that he intends to ask President-elect Donald Trump to enforce federal marijuana laws in Maine to prevent the state from legalizing marijuana.

Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage has never been a fan of marijuana reform, and on Thursday he suggested that the state’s medical marijuana program should be eliminated now that voters have approved legalizing recreational marijuana.

Speaking on the Portland’s WGAN on Thursday, LePage called for the end of the state’s medical marijuana program once recreational ma.

In November, Maine voters approved Question 1, legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 or older, by a slim margin of just over 4,000 votes.  Implementation of the referendum is currently on hold, however, as a recount on the vote is ongoing.

“I think we gotta [sic] get rid of medical marijuana.  If you’ve got recreational marijuana, it’s over the counter. Why do we need medical marijuana?” the Governor asked, despite having just called on the state legislature to overturn the will of the voters and put the “kibosh” on the legalization.  “You don’t need a prescription to buy Bayer aspirin, so why do you need a prescription to buy recreational marijuana or medical marijuana?”

Outgoing State Representative Diane Russel (D-Portland) has been one of the Maine’s leading marijuana advocates in her eight years as a state representative.  As a legislator, she supported medical marijuana, filed legalization bills, and was one of the leading proponents for the Yes on 1 campaign this year.

“As the long-time leader of the movement to end marijuana prohibition,  in Maine, I stand in strong support of continuing the medical marijuana program once adult use is legal,” Russel said in response to LePage’s statement.  “It is critical that key medical strains continue to be cultivated by people who understand the botany science and sold by people who understand how each strain affects individual patients. If there is anything we should be eliminating from the medical marijuana program, it is the onerous medical tax on patients.”

Maine voters first authorized medical marijuana in 1999.  Ten years later, Maine voters approved a measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana program to allow dispensaries.

The full interview with Gov. LePage can be found here.  Discussion on marijuana begins at the 9:20 mark.

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Recount Update: No Significant Change; ‘Colossal’ Waste of Time & Money, Supporters Say

AUGUSTA, ME — As the recount on Maine’s Question 1 enters it’s seventh day with no significant changes to the election results, supporters of the voter-approved measure are once again calling on opponents to drop the recount, calling it a waste of taxpayers’ money.

So far, the recount has not uncovered any evidence of election fraud, or any indication that continuing to recount will make any meaningful difference in the election total.

As of Tuesday morning, over 150,000 ballots, representing approximately 20% of the total votes cast, have been counted, and there is no “statistically significant change” in the election result, according to supporters working on the recount. The Secretary of State’s Office will not release actual vote totals until the recount is over.

In an email to supporters Tuesday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the key driving force behind the successful measure, called the recount a “colossal” waste of time and money time.

“Every day that No on 1 extends their recount, they are deliberately choosing to create a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, and of state employees’ time,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the Yes on 1 campaign. “No on 1 is forcing our campaign to spend money on a recount, rather than on working toward implementation of Question 1.

Recounts in Maine are conducted by hand, with 3-member recount teams made up of one volunteer from each side and a state employee.  The No on 1 campaign, who pushed for the recount, have been criticized for not providing enough volunteers each day of the recount.

“Our opponents stubbornly refuse to stop this wasteful recount and concede defeat. They are further slowing down the process by refusing to show up on time with a full roster of counters,” Boyer said.

Maine was one of four states where voters approved measures to legalize the adult, recreational use of marijuana on election day.  Prohibitionist opponents of Qustion 1 requested the recount after unofficial results showed the question passed by only 4,073 votes(381,692 to 377,619) — a margin of less than 1 percent.

Maine has never had a statewide recount of a ballot initiative that included every ballot, as those requesting the recounts have withdrawn their requests prior to the recounts being completed.  The most recent statewide recount in Maine was 2010’s Oxford Casino initiative, when the opposition campaign demanded a recount. The Yes campaign won the original vote by 4,723 votes, and after roughly 20% of the recount was complete, the margin of victory actually increased.  Opponents withdrew the recount request after about 25% of the recount was complete.

Unless the results of the vote are overturned by the recount, possession and use of up to two and a half ounces of marijuana will become legal for adults 21 and older in Maine early next year. Successful referendums in Maine take effect 30 days after the the state certifies the election results and the governor proclaims the results valid, but that can’t happen for Question 1 until the recount is completed.

State regulated recreational sales of marijuana to adults are expected to follow in about a year, with sales subject to a 10 percent sales tax.

The full text of Question 1 can be found here.

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Vote Recount to Begin Monday

Maine Marijuana Legalization Vote Recount to Begin Monday | Scott Gacek

AUGUSTA, ME — A formal recount of the results of Question 1, which legalizes marijuana in Maine, is set to begin Monday and will take four to six weeks and cost taxpayers up to half a million dollars, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Maine was one of four states where voters approved measures to legalize […]

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Opponents Request Recount

Maine Marijuana Legalization Opponents Request Recount | NORML

AUGUSTA, ME — Marijuana legalization opponents in Maine are formally challenging the results of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, a statewide ballot initiative that received slightly over 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. On Wednesday, legal counsel for the No on 1 campaign turned in petitions to the Secretary of State’s office formally […]

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Foes Push for Vote Recount at Taxpayer’s Expense

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Opponents to marijuana legalization in Maine really don’t like marijuana and are wagering half a million dollars from the state’s coffers to push for a recount of last week’s legalization vote.

On election day, voters in Maine approved Question 1, the Maine Marijuana Legalization Measure, by an unofficial tally of just 4,402 votes, a victorious margin of less than 1 percent.

In order to request a recount, opponents will have to submit 100 signatures to the secretary of state’s office by 5 PM on  November 16, 2016.  One of the organizations that opposed the ballot measure, Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, is circulating petitions to collect the necessary signatures, telling the Portland Press Herald that the signatures will be turned in by the deadline Wednesday.

If opponents to the measure successfully collect the necessary signatures to force a recount, it could take up to a month to conduct and could cost the state upwards of $500,000, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.  Because the margin of victory — less than one percent — was so small, Maine taxpayers will be footing the bill for the recount.

“The people of Maine have spoken and they have voted ‘yes’ to make marijuana legal, as have millions of other Americans across the country,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1, who supported the legalization effort. “Just as keeping marijuana illegal has been a waste of taxpayer dollars, we think this recount will be a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.”

In Maine, if the margin of difference is less than 1.5 percent, a recount is paid for entirely by the state.  If Question 1’s margin of victory were greater, those seeking the recount would have to pay some, but not all, of the costs associated with the recount, anywhere from $500 to $5,000.

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R)Maine Governor Paul LePage (R).  LePage said after the election that he intends to as President-elect Donald Trump to enforce federal marijuana laws in Maine to prevent the state from legalizing marijuana.

Even if the recount uphold’s Question 1’s victory, there could still be more challenges ahead.  Reefer-mad Republican Governor Paul LePage said following the election that he intends to ask President-elect Donald Trump to enforce federal marijuana laws in the state, preventing legalization from taking hold.

If Question 1’s victory is upheld by the recount, adults 21 or older will be allowed to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana once the measure takes effect.

Citizen initiatives that are successful in Maine take effect 30 days after the governor proclaims the results of the election.  In most cases, this means about 60 days from the election. However, the recount must be completed before the governor proclaims the results of the election, which would then start the 30 day countdown to legalization.

A regulated and licensed system of marijuana cultivation, production, processing, and retail sales in Maine is likely to take about a year to get off the ground, giving the state time to set licencing requirements, rules and regulations for the industry. Once sales begin, there will be a 10% tax imposed, with tax revenues beyond program costs earmarked for the state’s general fund.

Voters in nearby Massachusetts also approved a similar measure to legalize marijuana.  Massachusetts’ Question 4 takes effect on December 15, when adults 21 or older can begin legally possessing up to one ounce of marijuana in public or ten ounces in their homes.

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Voters In Eight States Approve Marijuana Law Reform In Unprecedented Election Victories

WASHINGTON, DC — Millions of Americans cast votes on Election Day in favor of sweeping statewide marijuana law reforms.

Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved ballot measures legalizing the adult use of cannabis and licensing its commercial production and retail sale. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved initiatives legalizing and/or expanding the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

In all, 29 states now authorize the medical use of cannabis by statute. Eight states, home to some 64 million Americans, now authorize the adult use and sale of marijuana.

Commenting on the results, Erik Altieiri, NORML’s new Executive Director said: “The American people have spoken and spoken clearly. They do not support prosecuting and stigmatizing responsible adults who choose to consume a substance that is safer than either alcohol or many prescription medications. These results provide a mandate to the incoming administration and to Congress to reform federal laws in a manner that comports with marijuana’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.”

Broader statewide sentencing reform measures were also enacted by voters in California (Proposition 57) and Oklahoma (State Question 780). Voters in four Ohio municipalities (Newark, Bellaire, Logan, and Roseville) passed local measures eliminating penalties regarding the possession of up to 200 grams of marijuana.

“These victories represent a repudiation of America’s ongoing war against marijuana consumers and the mentality that if ‘you do drugs, you do time,’” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Marijuana use and marijuana markets are here to stay, and it is high time to legalize and regulate these activities accordingly.”

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