Marijuana Tax, Legalization Being Considered in Maine


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A bill in the Maine legislature that would legalize and tax marijuana has gained some considerable support.

According to a report from the Bangor Daily News, the legislation now has 35 co-sponsors.

The bill, LD 1229 or "An Act to Regulate and Tax Marijuana," would regulate marijuana in the state of Maine the way alcohol is regulated. Having up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and growing up to six plants in a locked area would be legal under the bill. Smoking marijuana in public would still be illegal, and a tax of $50 per ounce would also be imposed. The bill tasks the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services with licensing retail stores and licensing the cultivation, manufacturing, and testing of marijuana in the state.

Lawmakers are touting the bill as a tax boon for the state, as well as a way to limit government prohibitions. The bill has been assigned to the Maine legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safetey Committee - the same committee that shot down a similar bill during last year's legislative session.

Maine has allowed the medical use of marijuana since 1999.