Maine Recreational Marijuana Legalization Measure, LD 1229 (2013)
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Text of measure
The language that voters would have seen on the ballot reads as follows:
|“|| Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, regulating commercial marijuana-related activities and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?
LD 1229 evolved from a more extensive bill that addressed the issues of taxing and regulating marijuana into a single question asking whether or not the drug's recreational use should be legalized. This measure was supported by both Democrats and Republicans. Rep. Diane Russell previously proposed a similar marijuana bill in a previous session of the legislature, where it was defeated by a significant margin.
Rep. Diane Russell sponsored the bill. Ashley Ryan, a national committeewoman for Maine's Republican Party, supported the legalization of marijuana, though she did not specifically comment on the ballot measure. She said, "As a fiscal conservative I’m very concerned about useless government programs that create waste and waste taxpayer dollars and increase the deficit." Ryan contended that the "War on Drugs" is a losing battle that is costing taxpayers money.
Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, spoke out against the bill. Schwartz feared that legalizing marijuana in the state would compel illegal drug dealers from outside states to bring their trade to Maine, saying, "Maine would be a launching pad for illicit marijuana across the Northeast. Substance abuse counselors have also spoken out against the measure. He, too, did not specifically comment on the ballot measure.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Legislatively-referred state statute
- Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (2012)
- Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Initiative 502 (2012)
- The Daily Chronic, "Maine Voters Could Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November," May 26, 2013
- MaineLegislature.org, "An Act to Regulate and Tax Marijuana: Part H," retrieved May 27, 2013
- CPA Practice Advisor, "Maine bill to get marijuana legalization on ballot loses by 4 votes," June 8, 2013
- BangorDailyNews.com, "Sponsor of bill says Maine will legalize marijuana, one way or another," May 26, 2013