SUMMARY: Slightly over fifty percent of Maine voters approved Question 1, the Marijuana Legalization Act, which permits adults who are not participating in the state's medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants, and/or up to 12 immature plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to two and one-half ounces of herbal cannabis) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The law imposes a 10 percent tax on commercial marijuana sales. Under the law, localities have the authority to regulate, limit, or prohibit the operation of marijuana businesses. On site consumption is permitted under the law in establishments licensed for such activity.
Legalization opponents have called for a recount of the vote, which is expected to take 30 days to complete. Should the vote be upheld, the new law will take effect on January 7, 2017. Regulations for marijuana-related businesses are scheduled to be in place by August 8, 2017.