Buzzkill lawmakers seek to stall Maine’s recreational legalization

Lawmakers in Maine have introduced a bill that would postpone the start of the New England state’s recreational cannabis industry, the Bangor Daily News reports.

The proposal, introduced by leaders of the state House and Senate, would extend the timeline for officials to develop and implement regulations by three months.

Under the adult-use law Maine voters approved last year, the state has until the end of October to get a regulatory system up and running.

But backers of the proposed bill want to extend that to Feb. 1, 2018, saying the state needs more time to develop sales and licensing regulations and formulate testing and certification procedures.

The initiative also would enact a moratorium on the sale and consumption of edibles in the recreational market until Feb. 1.

The bill must first go through a public hearing process before being voted on by the House and Senate, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s recreational cannabis industry is estimated to potentially bring in $250-$350 million in annual retail sales..