Is a Recount Possible?
Opponents of a vote to legalize Maine marijuana have taken the first step toward a potential recount request. Voters in the state chose to legalize recreational marijuana via a referendum vote this week. The referendum won approval by a fraction of a percentage point after a count that took nearly two days.
The No On 1 campaign says it has picked up petition papers from the secretary of state’s office. Campaign director Scott Gagnon says the coalition that opposes legalization has received numerous requests to continue the fight.
Gagnon says the campaign is considering filing for a recount because of potential harm to Maine children and the state’s medical marijuana program.
We Want It Now!
Supporters of legalization say home cultivation could be legal by Christmas. But this is probably one Christmas wish that will go unanswered, thanks to the vigorous legislation in the state. It will be at least 2018 before dispensaries are up and running – and the time frame for at-home cultivation isn’t as set in stone. So, in theory, one could grow their own pot at home by Christmas – but it’s unlikely. The recount will take time, and there will probably be a plethora of other issues in the way.
Big Business for The Northeast
We all know that legalized medical and recreational pot has brought in a ton in tax revenue for Colorado, Washington State, D.C., California, and now Maine. The numbers are not through being evaluated, but the estimated tax revenue that the state may get is in the tens of millions, thanks to the legalization of recreational pot. While it’s illegal for someone to buy it and then take it to Canada or to another state, it can be enjoyed freely within Maine – and a lot of people vacation and live in Maine.
It also opens the state up to a new set of vacationers who otherwise may not choose Maine as a hip stop for a vacation. This not only brings in revenue from pot, but it helps out other businesses: Hotels, gas stations, restaurants, the state lottery, street vendors, airlines, etc.
Will It Be The Law?
Well, we all hope so. But ultimately only time will tell if the recount happens – and what the results will be. If it is recalled, there can always be another vote down the road, and by then more education will be available to the masses to help guide them to making a decision (hopefully which is to support marijuana legalization).