Maine Lawmaker Pushes for Legalized Pot

By Staff Writer

Lawmakers in the state of Maine are currently pushing to legalize and tax marijuana, but opponents think that the measure could lead to more marijuana addiction. The proposal has sparked a heated debate over the legal status of the drug.

State Representative Diane Russell’s plan would legalize the possession and sale of marijuana. It would be taxed and regulated in much the same way that alcohol currently is, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

However, not everyone is happy with the bill. Mark Dion, a attorney and former Cumberland County Sherriff told the news source that there are too few rehab program options available in the state to handle the increased demand for services that would likely result from legalizing marijuana.

He added that state law enforcement officers are still trying to deal with the consequences of a law passed several years ago that legalized medical marijuana use in the state.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that marijuana is already the most commonly used illegal drug in the nation.