Maine rec legalization measure focuses on small business

An organization pushing recreational marijuana legalization in Maine has a new focus: help out small businesses.

Legalize Maine filed initiative language with the secretary of state, and is touting its effort as the first “homegrown initiative,”¬†according to the Portland Press Herald.

Much of the ballot measure language is standard – those 21 and older could possess up to 2.5 ounces at a time, and sales would be taxed at a 10% rate.

But the measure also includes provisions that have not been seen anywhere before in the legalization movement – it would require that at least 40% of cultivation licenses be given to small-scale farmers, and would also explicitly permit cannabis clubs where consumers could both purchase and use marijuana.

“We are the first to put local people before national interests and focus on stimulating our local economies,” Legalize Maine President Paul McCarrier told the Press Herald.

Yet to be determined is how Legalize Maine’s effort will merge or compete with the Marijuana Policy Project’s planned a ballot measure.

2 comments on “Maine rec legalization measure focuses on small business
  1. Steve W on

    Nice try Maine but you are certainly not the first to try to keep the new industry in the hands of small business! Our Washington law does this best as it requires Washington residency for all “profit interest holders” as well as backgound checks and financial disclosure. This, effectively, locks out multi shareholder corporations or investor pools. There is also a provision that no person can own or have an interest in more than one grow license or more than 3 retail license and that no grower can also be a retail license holder.
    When put together these provisions serve to keep the industry in local individuals and small business owners hands going a long way towards leveling the playing field.
    Good luck Maine but you still have some work to do to catch up with Washington in putting the common person first!

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  2. PAMELA on

    I 100% AGREE THAT MARIJUANA NEEDS TO STAY IN THE HANDS OF THE SMALL BUSINESS. DEFF DONT NEED SOME ASSHOLE RICH GUY COMING IN AND TAKING OVER… KEEP IT SMALL THERES ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO MAKE A LIL MONEY, AS LONG AS BIG BUSINESS IS NOT INVOLVED:)

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