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The Maine Legislative Council today will vote on whether or not to allow a measure to be introduced in the coming session that would legalize the possession, cultivation and use of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and up.
Portland Rep. Diane Russell, who introduced the bill and who’s city voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis earlier this month, says she’s hopeful the measure will move forward.

A bill that would legalize, regulate and tax limited amounts of marijuana in Maine has been introduced, backed by the sponsorship of 35 bipartisan legislators. Legislative document 1229 would
The bill – which is very similar to Marijuana Policy Project-sponsored legislation passed in Colorado last year as well as numerous bills being considered around the country – would allow for possession and cultivation for people over 21. People could grow up to six plants and posses up to two and a half ounces of marijuana if the bill is approved.

Legal Medical Marijuana States
The tax rate on that marijuana goes from 5 percent to 7 percent as soon as it’s poured in the brownie mix.

‚ÄčHow patients use their medical marijuana affects their tax rate, according to a recent opinion from Maine Revenue Services — and choosing the healthy option of smokeless edibles will result in higher taxes.

After Maine residents approved medical marijuana, lawmakers decided pot sold for medicinal purposes would be subject to the five percent sales tax. But now MRS has issued an opinion that prepared foods such as brownies that include cannabis will be taxed at a higher, seven percent rate, reports Mal Leary of Capitol News Service.
Many patients, advocates and others question the logic — and the legality — of the odd ruling.