So, a judge, Maine’s secretary of state and state legislators have paved the way for Mainers to vote Nov. 8 on a citizen-initiated bill to legalize marijuana for everyday use.
If the referendum, sponsored by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, passes, adults could possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow a “limited number” of plants, according to news accounts.
Retail sales and social clubs would be allowed, with approval from communities. Public use would be banned, punishable by a $100 fine. Finally, retail sales would be taxed at 10 percent.
Maine would join four other states and the District of Columbia if this vote succeeds. Several other states are considering such laws as well.
I’ve supported medicinal pot, but retain strong doubts about it as a legal recreational drug. (Notice I refrained from saying the issue has its highs and lows.)
Still, some of the conservatives I admire most, notably the late William F. Buckley Jr. (whom I had the very great pleasure of dining with at the Black Point Inn several years ago) were strong supporters of legalization. Click here to read more....