The Maine state House and Senate have approved legislation to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in the state, likely by 2019 or 2020.

According to the Portland Press-Herald, lawmakers apparently have enough support to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who torpedoed an earlier rec implementation bill last year.

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Legislation had been held up by politics since Maine voters narrowly approved legalizing retail marijuana sales in November 2016. Lawmakers and lobbyists have been trying to hammer out a deal ever since.

If the latest compromise becomes law, Republican state Sen. Roger Katz said the bill would permit municipalities to opt-in and allow rec MJ sales, while providing some tax revenues for law enforcement and public awareness campaigns.

If the bill becomes law, Maine attorney Ted Kelleher told the Press-Herald, it will likely “provide enough certainty to attract new investment” for rec cannabis companies in the state.

The compromise even made some cannabis opponents happy because it bans marijuana social clubs – a potential new avenue for the MJ industry that many entrepreneurs had hoped to tap.

The legislation also:

  • Imposes stronger limits on home growing – cutting personal limits from six plants to three – which could drive more sales at retail locations.
  • Bans cannabis deliveries and drive-thru windows.
  • Raises the tax rate on recreational sales from 10% to 20%.