Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and


Whereas, the people of the State of Maine in November 2016 passed into law the Marijuana Legalization Act, which establishes a system of licensing for the cultivation, manufacture, testing and retail sale of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products in the State and which enables persons 21 years of age or older to legally acquire, possess and consume adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products and to cultivate marijuana for personal use; and


Whereas, amendments to the Marijuana Legalization Act are necessary to provide clarity in the licensing and regulation of adult use marijuana establishments and in the oversight and enforcement of the laws regarding the personal use and home cultivation of marijuana; and


Whereas, to facilitate the timely implementation of a retail marketplace in the State for adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products, the agencies charged by law with the implementation, administration and enforcement of the Marijuana Legalization Act must adopt rules in accordance with that Act and the Legislature must review those rules in accordance with the Maine Administrative Procedure Act as soon as is practicable; and


Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within

the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as

immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now,



Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:



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