- American Cannabis Report Editorial Staff
Maine Governor Defies Voters, Prolongs Black Market
Long live the bike racks.
Maine Governor Paul Le Page has guaranteed that kids can still get their weed from street dealers out by the bike racks. During school? After school...? We don't know, Maine weed dealers set their own hours.
What the heck are we talking about?
Paul Le Page has gone against the voters of his state, who approved cannabis legalization in 2016, by vetoing a bill that would regulate and tax recreational cannabis. His ludicrous excuse:
"Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine. We need assurances that a change in policy or administration at the federal level will not nullify those investments."
Poppycock, Le Page.
Colorado has reached over $500M in tax revenues from cannabis in two and a half years.
"The State of Washington expects to rake in about $730 million from sales of legalized marijuana over the next two years"
The State of Oregon just paid out "... $85 million in marijuana taxes for schools, public health, police and local governments"
Le Page is not being honest, and not letting the will of the people reign in Maine. Until he does, and the legal and regulated cannabis market is allowed to operate in Maine with corollary results in tax revenues to schools and other public services, jobs, wages and ancillary spending benefits, then Maine schools will continue to lag behind these three legal cannabis states, and Maine kids will keep buying weed from strangers.