PORTLAND, Maine — Rep. Diane Russell is encouraging the state to get ahead of something she says is inevitable, the legalization of recreational marijuana use. She’ll be bringing her fourth bill to regulate and tax marijuana to the legislature.
Russell said there are two referendums she thinks will be on the ballot in the next one or two years to legalize the drug. She said if those pass before the state passes a bill, lawmakers will be rushed to set policies. To Russell, it’s the state’s responsibility to be ahead of the game on issues such as this one.
She’s been pushing for the legalization of marijuana use for several years, and the main reason has to do with schools.