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US (ME): Lawmakers reject interstate commerce bill in Committee

A Maine legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have authorized the governor to enter into agreements with other legal cannabis states to allow interstate cannabis commerce once federal policy changes.

The legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs took up the legislation from Rep. Joseph Perry (D), but members voted unanimously on a motion not to pass it.

That said, the chairman emphasized that cross-border trade and other cannabis issues that the panel stalled at the hearing could still advance as part of a separate vehicle as lawmakers continue to work throughout the summer, saying that “the subject is not off of the radar.”

As introduced last month, the measure would have simply permitted the governor to forge agreements with other states to allow cannabis imports and exports between consenting jurisdictions. The sponsor sought to amend the bill to give the governor a mandate to enter those agreements, but the committee didn’t act on the proposed revision.


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