Maine Cannabis News

Legal Status: Maine voted to legalize recreational cannabis in 2016. Medical cannabis has been legal in Maine since 1999.

In The News: Newly-elected governor Janet Mills will oversee the implementation of legal cannabis retail sales, which were approved by Maine’s legislature in 2018.
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WHERE DO MAINE’S SENATORS STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Sen. Susan Collins - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing banks to provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. (2016)

Sen. Angus King - Independent

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said marijuana should be legalized. (2018)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • A spokesman for Sen. King said, “Senator King believes the decision to legalize marijuana on a federal level for recreational purposes is significant and must be thought through carefully and comprehensively. He is interested to see the effects of legalization in places like Colorado and Washington, as data emerges that will better inform the decision-making process on this issue.” (2014)

WHERE DO MAINE’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would legalize and regulate cannabis at the federal level. (2018)
  • Cosponsored the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level. (2017)
  • Cosponsored the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level. (2017)
  • Cosponsors the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsored the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state cannabis policy. (2017)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2018)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Maine’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, York, Kennebec (partial)

 

Rep. Jared Golden (ME-2) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Quote: “I support Congress rescheduling cannabis and leaving decisions about legalization to the states. Under such a system, states would be allowed to legalize, decriminalize or maintain prohibition of cannabis without fear of a heavy-handed federal response.” (2018)
  • While in the Maine State House, Golden voted to in favor a bill to allow recreational cannabis sales in Maine. (2018)
  • While in the Maine State House, Golden voted in favor of a bill to expand Maine’s medical cannabis program. (2018)

 

Maine’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, Kennebec (partial)

WHERE DOES MAINE'S GOVERNOR STAND ON CANNABIS LEGALIZATION?

Gov. Janet Mills - D

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  • Said she’s watching how Massachusetts implements recreational cannabis legalization to get an idea of how Maine proceed with cannabis retail sales. (2019)
  • Quote: “Properly implemented, marijuana legalization has the potential to create thousands of jobs, grow the Maine economy, and end an outdated war on drugs. I have joined other Attorneys General in calling on Congress to allow banks and credit unions to serve state-licensed marijuana businesses without penalty, ending the cash-based shadow economy that still haunts states who have legalized marijuana. Congress should also allow research into uses and effectiveness of marijuana products. We must also ensure that our law adequately regulates access to minors, driving while impaired, contamination and quality control, taxation and the type and placement of advertising for marijuana.” (2018)
  • Quote: “I’m not opposed to adult-use recreational marijuana, not opposed to it at all… You’ve got to do three things with marijuana, cannabis: test it, track it and tax it.” (2018)

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