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Maine approves recreational marijuana use

Legalization Posted Nov 10 2016

This week Maine joined the growing list of states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. It was a close race and took almost 2 days to count, but Yes on 1 came out on top by a fraction of a percent. Retailers and social clubs will be allowed to sell the drug with a 10% tax. Tokers will only be able to smoke in a private residence or nonpublic space. Not only will the recreational marijuana program create jobs for marijuana retailers, there is also a growing job market for companies revolving around the industry that don't ever touch the plant like financial services, security, accounting, transportation and marketing. 

Question 1 makes it legal for a person 21 or older to use marijuana. The state will put a 10% sales tax on the drug and allow social clubs and retail groups to sell it.

The law will allow people to use it in a nonpublic space or in a private residence and institute a sales tax, with 98% of revenue from sales taxes going to a general fund.

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