Maine Lawmakers React to Governor's Plan to Veto Marijuana Bill

Gov. Paul LePage says retail customers will use medical dispensaries to avoid excise taxes.

April 16, 2018
State by State: Maine

PORTLAND (WGME) -- As recreational marijuana continues to move through the Statehouse, Governor Paul LePage says he’ll veto the bill—even if it passes in the Senate.

Update: Read our earlier reporting on the cannabis bill passing in both the Maine House and Senate

The governor told CBS 13 on Friday it’s because of medical marijuana.

“My point is put it all under one. You don't need medical anymore. If marijuana is legal, you can have medical, agricultural, retail, you can make beer with marijuana if you want. If it's legal, it's legal - so why do you need to have medical?” LePage said.

He said he believes people will just get medical marijuana to avoid paying the excise tax, but sponsors of the bill see things differently.

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