Augusta — Maine politicians are seeking more time to write laws ensuring they do a really bad job with retail marijuana sales in the state.
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“Something like this, you don’t want to just rush into it,” Governor Paul LePage said. “You really want to make sure it’s completely fucked up first.”
“There’s a chance the people could get what they voted for, and what use are we then?” asked House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport.
Maine voters passed a referendum legalizing the possession and consumption of marijuana, as well as authorizing its sale. But lawmakers worry those sales could lead to unforeseen consequences.
“What if a guy comes into a pot shop with his horse and tells the guy ‘Hey, I want some pot for my horse?’ There was nothing in the original draft about a situation like that,” LePage said.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are working together to make sure the finalized law is as onerous and inconvenient as possible.
“We owe it to the people of Maine, the people who elected us, to make sure this law doesn’t go into effect until we can wring as much future tax money out of it as possible,” Fredette said.