AUGUSTA – State Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is launching a campaign Thursday to promote legislation that would regulate and tax marijuana use in Maine.
In a statement issued early Tuesday, Russell announced a State House news conference with the bill co-sponsors and other advocates for the measure, which aims to regulate marijuana the same way alcohol is.
Expected to join Russell for the noon news conference at the Visitor Center at the State House in Augusta are: Rep. Aaron Libby, R-North Waterboro; Shenna Bellows, of the ACLU of Maine; David Boyer, with Marijuana Policy Project; and Denny Gallaudet, a retired bank president and school superintendent.
“When it comes to keeping marijuana away from teens, keeping marijuana in an unregulated underground market is the worst possible policy,” said Russell in a statement. “Instead, marijuana should be sold by legitimate, taxpaying businesses in a tightly regulated market.”