Marijuana legalization is getting plenty of attention in Maine. Two groups have announced planned petition drives to put their version of legalization on the 2016 ballot. Now a state lawmaker is getting involved.
Maine State Rep. Diane Russell confirmed by phone Monday that she will file a bill to legalize marijuana and tax it like alcohol in the coming 2015 session. Lawmakers and stakeholders are working out the language of the final draft, but Russell says it will resemble Colorado’s version of legalization more than Washington’s.
Russell (pictured right) says the bill will include caregivers and home cultivation, both major concerns in Maine’s marijuana debate. She says its taxation model will be similar to that of Colorado.