Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Friday vetoed a bill that would legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, nearly a year after residents voted to set up a system to sell and regulate the drug.
Bill received broad support from politicians.
Medical marijuana is back on the ballot this year
To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may be time to add green.
There are nine state ballot measures regarding the legalization of marijuana that will be voted on this November.
From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana.
Californians first threatened to legalize recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 1972. It failed 66% to 33%. We tried again in 2010. It was voted down 53% to 46%.
With California in the lead, 2016 stands to be the biggest year yet for ending pot prohibition.
When Lynette Davies, co-operator of the Canna Care medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, pays her California taxes she needs to haul a bag with $20,000 in cash to the state tax office.
Legalization of recreational weed would generate an estimated $1 billion in additional taxes per year.