Maine Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

November 10th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Voters in Maine passed a measure that legalizes marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday.


Seventeen years after the state established a medical marijuana system, voters opted to legalize the sale, use, and cultivation of the plant for adults 21 and older.

The measure was hotly contested by some members of the state's medical marijuana industry, who cited concerns about the impact of recreational legalization on growers and patients in the state. 


ATTN: visited Maine, which has been hard hit by the opioid crisis, to meet former addicts who credit cannabis for helping them overcomes their addiction. Legalization for recreational use is especially significant in Maine, because opioid addiction is not among the conditions that qualify someone for medical marijuana use in the state.