The old saying “as Maine goes, so goes the nation” may be put to the test over the next couple of years when it comes to legalizing marijuana. The state is primed to be one of the next states to legalize the popular recreational and medicinal drug cannabis. This past November Colorado and Washington states passed voter referendums to legalize cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. Maine is in the running to be among the first states to pass a similar law through House legislation.
Representative Diane Russel announced that she would be submitting a bill to the Maine House of Representatives this session to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. She is still working on the final language for her bill, however she is currently collecting signatures for a petition to back her upcoming proposed legislation. Russel even brought her case to reddit, discussing legalization with the cool kids at /r/trees.
Historically a “pot friendly” state, Maine already has some of the most permissive medical marijuana laws and the highest threshold for the amount that is decriminalized, up to 2.5 ounces. Which makes sense with its libertarian and progressive mix of politics and lifestyle, as is evidenced by it also being one of the first states to legalize gay marriage. Maybe it is those hard winters that make Maine a place where self reliance and community are not seen as mutually exclusive ideals, Mainers help their neighbors, but don’t tell them how to live their lives. These and other factors add up to make Maine one of the most peaceful states in the nation, as ranked by the United States peace Index.
May limber minds prevail, and let Maine show the nation the way life should be.