Maine pushes to legalize marijuana similar to alcohol via RegulateMaine.org‘s campaign that was launched in June 2015.
Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot
From the website RegulateMaine.org, this is the initiative summary. You can read the full initiative here.
What the Initiative Will Do
- End marijuana prohibition — It allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public places, and the initiative does NOT change existing laws that prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Regulate marijuana — It establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities and creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Municipalities will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.
- Tax marijuana — Enacts a 10% tax on marijuana sales in addition to the standard sales tax and allocates tax revenue generated by marijuana sales to public education. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.
What the Initiative Will NOT Do
- It will NOT change the ability of employers to maintain their current employment policies or create new employment policies that restrict the use of marijuana by employees.
- It will NOT change existing medical marijuana laws for patients, caregivers, or medical marijuana businesses.
With this initiative, a person over 21 is limited to growing 6 plants, and possessing 1 ounce. So the name of the initiative is a little disingenuous IMHO.