Marijuana Access in the State of Maine:
Less than a handful of states across the U.S. have approved legislation that makes it legal to engage in the business of recreational marijuana. Many more have passed laws that permit businesses and individuals to grow and distribute medical marijuana however, and this step is viewed as a primary step towards the eventual transition to recreational marijuana acceptance. The cannabis industry in the U.S. is already a multi-billion dollar industry and the foundation is being built for continued growth all across the country. Many state leaders are looking to take advantage of the tax revenues that can be gained from the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. 34 states currently have some allowance for the sale and distribution of medical marijuana, but less than a handful permit the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana. Main is one such state that may soon take the next step from allowing medical marijuana distribution, to allowing recreational marijuana distribution. The time is right says CEO of the Wellness Connection in Maine, Patricia Rosi.
Recreational Marijuana in the State of Maine:
Rosi knows a little about the marijuana industry as head of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group, she believes the industry is one of the country’s fastest growing and that Maine needs to be proactive in taking advantage of the potential in the industry. Although Maine took steps to legalize medical marijuana in 1999, no additional legislation has since passed that permits recreational marijuana. The first step for Rosi and other pro-marijuana advocates is to get legalization referendum questions on the 2016 ballot in November. Currently, only Alaska, Washington D.C., Colorado, Washington and Oregon have passed state legislation that allows the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana. Rosi thinks Maine should be next. She will continue to work as an advocate for the marijuana industry in the state of Maine.
Is Political Help on the Way?
It has been said that the 2016 election could be the “pot election.” Well, at least that is the message coming from Bernie Sanders camp. Sanders is a Vermont Senator and a 2016 presidential candidate. Sanders relays that he would vote yes for the legalization of cannabis in this country. He reports that too many lives have been ruined due to infractions relating to non-serious offenses like marijuana possession or use. Over 50 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana for adult use, and Bernie Sanders is one. Is the current political tide turning towards one that could support the legalization of marijuana?