Numbers coming out of Maine Revenue Services report that medical marijuana sales in the Pine Tree State have increased nearly 50% from 2014 to 2015.
Last year, Maine’s licensed dispensaries took in $23.6 million in revenue — a 46% increase from $16.2 million in 2014— as more Mainers sought relief from medical marijuana. This year’s sales generated $1.29 million in taxes for the state.
The two competing recreational marijuana legalization measures in the state of Maine are coming together in an effort to get one measure on the statewide 2016 ballot.
The group backed by the Marijuana Policy Project—the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol—is suspending its efforts to gather signatures and is instead campaigning for a group called Legalize Maine, a collection of activists and industry heads that come from within the state.
It’s Reeeeeefer—uh, Aaaaalcohol Madness!!!
A pro-marijuana mobile billboard is rolling around Lewiston, Maine, using the same scare tactics of infamous 1930s movie Reefer Madness to highlight how alcohol is more dangerous than pot. Question 2 will appear on Lewiston ballots next month and if passed will decriminalize marijuana use by adults, allowing possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Some bus ads in Maine stating that marijuana is safer than alcohol are riling up local drug warriors, reports indicate. Jo Morrissey, project manager for substance abuse group 21 Reasons, asked the transit district to drop the ads.
“I don’t know how you can slice it any other way, when you say that marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Morrissey said. “I don’t know what they’re trying to say other than their product is better.” ...