Gov. LePage says Maine should ‘get rid’ of medical marijuana after legalization
Maine Gov. Paul LePage thinks the state should “get rid” of its medical marijuana program once recreational legalization takes effect.
The Republican governor and longtime marijuana legalization opponent made the comments Thursday during a WGAN radio interview.
Maine is one of four states that passed ballot measures in November’s General Election to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. Maine’s referendum is currently locked in a recount, but it’s expected to narrowly pass.
“I think it’s a very poorly written bill. It’s written by people who want to, uh, recreation with marijuana,” LePage articulated on Thursday. “According to the attorney general and others who’ve read it, they say that because of the way the law is written, that anybody could buy it, including adolescent children.”
Based on the governor’s comments, it doesn’t sound like he’s actually read the bill. If he had, he probably would have noticed the measure explicitly limits legal marijuana sales, consumption and cultivation to adults 21 and older.
LePage went on the say he plans to push for higher marijuana taxes and thinks the state “should get rid of medical marijuana.”
“If we’ve got recreational marijuana, and it’s over the counter, why do we need medical marijuana?” the governor said. “You know, like with Bayer Aspirin, you don’t need a prescription to buy Bayer Aspirin. So why do you need a prescription to buy recreational marijuana or medical marijuana?”
Again, it seems LePage hasn’t done his homework on this question.
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