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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Signs Off on Legal Marijuana Vote Results

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 10:35 AM

Residents of Maine and tourists who visit the Pine Tree State are one step closer to being able to legally get high after Gov. Paul LePage signed a proclamation certifying a November ballot vote that approved the use of recreational marijuana.

But LePage also called for a moratorium on the sale of the weed until regulatory rules are set in place to govern its distribution and use.

"There's nothing I can do until the Legislature gives me money to set up the infrastructure," LePage told radio host Ric Tyler on Bangor's WVOM-FM.

The new law, which is expected to take effect later this year, allows people 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or grow up to six plants.

LePage disputed claims by recreational marijuana advocate Paul McCarrier that Maine could rake in up to $200 million a year in taxes from sales.

"The guy is smoking, I'm telling you he is out in left field. We don't make that off from liquor and liquor has been around a heck of a lot longer," the governor said.

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Residents of Maine and tourists who visit the Pine Tree State are one step closer to being able to legally get high after Gov. Paul LePage signed a proclamation certifying a November ballot vote that approved the use of recreational marijuana.
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