ME: Senate Passes New Recreational Marijuana Bill

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The Maine Senate has passed a bill implementing new rules for recreational marijuana in Maine on Wednesday, 24-10.

This is a veto-proof majority, which is important in the event Governor LePage follows through on his threat to block marijuana legalization in the state.

The bill brings the state one step closer to implementing new rules for Maine’s recreational marijuana industry and keeps key provisions for local control, but it eases entry into the industry for small businesses and Maine residents.

The bill sets an effective 20-percent tax rate, prohibits social clubs and strengthens protections for children.

The bill will now be sent back to the House for approval, before heading back to the Senate.