Friday, November 11, 2016

Legal cannabis wins by slim margin in Maine

Maine Chooses to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use - ABC News- Patrick Whittle with Paul Sharp, Associated Press:

November 10, 2016 - "Maine residents have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state.

"The final results of the referendum were tabulated on Thursday. The count took nearly two days because of how close the race was, within a fraction of a percentage point, and The Associated Press made the call Thursday afternoon....

"People 21 or older will now be allowed to use up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, and retail marijuana shops and social clubs could open around the state. Some municipalities have balked at allowing such businesses to open in their communities.

"Opponents who had vowed to request a recount said on Thursday that they would meet to decide what to do next.

"'We need to look at the numbers,' said Scott Gagnon, an organizer of a campaign against legalization that portrayed legalization as a threat to the health and safety of children....

"Marijuana won't become available at the retail level until after a state rulemaking process that could be slow and arduous....

"Pending the possibility of a recount, Maine joins California, Nevada and Massachusetts, which passed similar measures this week. Arizona rejected a similar measure. Recreational marijuana was already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska."

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