Lawmakers in Maine won’t get the ball rolling on recreational marijuana after all, meaning it will be up to advocates and business leaders to get a measure on the ballot.
The state Legislature on Monday crushed an attempt to refer a ballot question to voters that, if passed, would have approved adult-use marijuana.
The proposal for a referendum was killed on a 98-45 vote in the state House of Representatives and is expected to die similarly in the Senate, which unanimously axed a separate pro-legalization measure, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Supporters argued that by failing to get involved early in the regulatory stages, officials are losing out on a valuable opportunity to craft workable rules for an industry that many regard as inevitable.
Now, lawmakers will leave much of the decision making to legalization campaigns.