Portland Press Herald: LePage reverses course, signs bill to close marijuana law loopholes, delay retail sales

 In Legalization, Local News, Recreational Marijuana, Regulation

By signing the bill, the governor averts a situation in which it would have been legal as of Monday for minors to possess pot and for drivers to smoke behind the wheel.

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage reversed course Friday and signed a bill to delay retail marijuana sales in Maine and close a loophole that could have allowed people under age 21 to legally possess the drug.

On Thursday night, LePage stated that he had no plans to sign the high-profile bill until lawmakers provided money to his administration to begin rulemaking and transferred oversight authority to another state agency. But LePage signed the bill roughly a day after making those comments while accusing Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, of “playing dirty politics.”

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Read full article by Kevin Miller at pressherald.com

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