Portland Press Harold: LePage won’t sign bill to delay retail pot sales, bar possession by minors
The governor says he won’t act on the bipartisan bill, which also would address concerns about marijuana use in moving vehicles, until lawmakers provide money to begin rulemaking.
AUGUSTA — Efforts to rush through changes to Maine’s marijuana law before the drug becomes legal next week faltered Thursday amid political wrangling between the Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage.
House and Senate lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Thursday delaying retail sales of marijuana and closing a potential loophole that could allow Mainers under age 21 to possess the drug. But LePage said he has no plans to sign or veto the bill because lawmakers failed to provide money to his administration to begin rulemaking or to address concerns about the best state agency to oversee marijuana licensing.
As a result, Maine’s new marijuana legalization law is scheduled to take effect Monday without clarifying the underage issue or addressing concerns about marijuana use in moving vehicles.[…]