Maine lawmakers approve three-month rec sales delay

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Maine’s legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a three-month delay in the start of recreational marijuana sales.

The bill may still be vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, however, because some key provisions he had supported were not included in the bill, the Portland Press Herald reported.

If the bill does become law, it means the earliest that adult-use cannabis sales could begin in Maine would be February 2018, instead of the initially anticipated opening time frame of fall 2017.

The legislature backed the bill with total support from lawmakers in both chambers, who all agreed the state needed additional time to write industry regulations.

A spokeswoman for LePage declined to comment on the bill to the Press Herald, but even if he were to veto the measure, it could be overridden by a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature.