USA: Maine Lawmaker Proposes Legalizing Marijuana

Skywalker blueberryPORTLAND, Maine – A Portland legislator is proposing a bill that would legalize and tax marijuana in Maine.

Rep. Diane Russell said the bill would legalize the personal use and cultivation of marijuana and tax consumer purchases at 7 percent. She unveiled her proposal at a press conference Wednesday.

Russell said it’s time to stop turning otherwise law-abiding citizens who use marijuana into criminals. She said her bill has Republican and Democratic co-sponsors, but she anticipates opposition.