Maine residents will vote on Citizen Initiated Bills at the General Election on Tuesday, November 8 2016. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s referendum question 1 asks voters:
“Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”
I’ll tell you what, if a majority of voters check “YES” on Question 1, which I’m afraid might happen because nobody understands the ins and outs of this bill, legislators would be directed to enact new regulatory programs to *TAX *REGULATE and *POLICE marijuana more strictly than alcohol! The proposed law creates a costly new government contract process to award limited licenses for marijuana *CULTIVATION, *DISTRIBUTION, *TESTING and *TRACKING.
Maine does have experience with the problems arising from limited licensing allowing un-elected government officials to award a contract to those with the *MOST FUNDING, *MOST CONNECTIONS and not necessarily those with the most experience and ability to operate a good business or produce quality herbal medicine that is necessary for patients with serious health conditions.
Maine’s medical cannabis laws are rated the best in the country for protecting patient privacy and safe access to medicine, balancing needed regulations with limited unnecessary bureaucracy or costs. A “YES” vote WILL change that!
There are many areas of concern, however I will stick to just a few of them:
-Limited licensing / Market Capture
-Threats to patient privacy
-loss of legal outdoor cultivation
-Impact on firearms laws
-Unconstitutional Media Restrictions
-THC OUI Blood Tests (It is not scientifically possible to determine if someone is impaired by Marijuana through a blood test of any kind!)
-New Public Use Penalties
-Loss of access to safe medicine
-Penalties for unlicensed manufacturing
-Continued felony charges for growing
-Retain criminal penalties for possession
-Creation of costly new bureaucracy
The language of the initiative is based on a combination of wording from Colorado and Washington’s initiatives. When those states implemented their initiatives, the list above was the result!
With a “YES” vote, Maine will join Washington in directing lawmakers to base licensing on a plant canopy limit set by state regulators. A canopy cap means that only a small portion of those who apply for a cultivation license will receive it.
I am sorry, but this is not how you make something legal! Stricter laws and harsher penalties…. does that sound like something is legal? Marijuana should be completely legalized, 100%. At the very least, the laws should be less strict than that of alcohol. Alcohol kills, its a proven fact! Marijuana, has never killed anyone in all of its existence, that’s a proven fact as well!
Please do your own research, don not take my word for it, get out there and read everything yourself, make your own, well informed decision……
Thats all I ask…..