Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act

Last updated: Mar 11, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Marijuana
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Louis Luchini, House 38
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 88

Position:

Update: The House and Senate unanimously passed this bill due to the referendum's deadline of January 31. Governor LePage signed it despite some reservations with the bill.

Summary:

This bill delays the effective date of most of the provisions of the Marijuana Legalization Act as enacted by citizen initiative to February 1, 2018. The delayed effective date does not apply to the provision in the initiated bill that repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2382, subsection 1, which makes possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana a civil violation, or the following provisions, which will be effective as of January 30, 2017:

1. A person 21 years of age or older may use, possess or transport up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana;

2. A person 21 years of age or older may transfer, without remuneration, up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and up to 6 immature plants or seedlings to a person who is 21 years of age or older;

3. A person 21 years of age or older may possess, grow, cultivate or transport up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings and possess all of the marijuana produced by the plants at the person's residence; and

4. A person 21 years of age or older may consume marijuana in a private residence.

The bill clarifies that possession of a useable amount of marijuana by a juvenile is a crime, unless that juvenile is authorized to possess marijuana for medical use. Finally, the bill prohibits the possession of any edible retail marijuana products until February 1, 2018.