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Maine lawmakers have introduced a pair of bills, LD 754 and LD 750, to expand the state’s existing marijuana decriminalization law.
Under present law, adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana is a non-criminal offense punishable by a fine only.
LD 754 would change existing law so that adult possession of more than 2.5 but less than five ounces is classified as a civil violation.
LD 750 would change existing law so that the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants by an adult is also classified as a civil violation.
Both measures have been referred to the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, which has scheduled a hearing on both bills for Thursday, March 17.
The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 436 of the State House on State Street in Augusta.
Every Maine resident has the right to testify at this hearing.
You don’t need to be an expert or an experienced pubic speaker — just come and speak your mind.
“We need as many people as possible to come out and speak up for the right of Mainers to grow and use this plant responsibly,” the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative said in a press release.
If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can submit a written statement to the committee in support of the bills by emailing the committee clerk, Fen Neilson, at [email protected].