This measure passed.
If passed, this referendum would legalized marijuana for recreational use.
“Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 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?”1
|Yes means||No means|
|I am in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.||I don't want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.|
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Marijuana is now legal for medicinal use. This would expand it to recreational use for adults over 21, including:
- The ability to possess up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana
- The ability to use up to 2.5 ounces in nonpublic places
- The ability to grow a limited number of plants
- The ability for retailers to sell marijuana and accessories
Follow the money
New Annual Revenue in 2017-18: $12.8 million 
New Annual Revenue in Future Years:”” $10.7 million
Note:** Costs don’t include savings from not having to police newly legal activities.
The money will be used to:
- 98% of the revenue will fund the General Fund
- 2% will go to the Local Government Fund, which is distributed to cities and towns
The money will be coming from:
- A 10% tax on the sale of marijuana
The primary arguments for this referendum are:
- New tax will in crease revenue.
- Regulation makes the industry safer.
The primary arguments against this referendum are:
- The bill could make it easier for those who are underage to obtain the drug. There are loopholes in the language that don’t expressly prohibit possession by those under 21. The bill would have to be revised by the legislature (which is a fairly common practice with ballot measures) to close this loophole.2
- Regulating the industry could hurt the current mom and pop providers.
- Regulation costs money.
- Recreational marijuana use would still be illegal at the federal level.
- Since Colorado made recreational marijuana legal, there has been an increase in DUIs.3
Mills, J. Maine AG: Regulating marijuana like alcohol is not what Question 1 does. centralmaine.com. Accessed October 24. 2016. ↩