LEWISTON — With a vote on marijuana legalization less than a month away, city councilors will consider a six-month moratorium on new marijuana-themed retail stores and social clubs until the state creates regulations for the new industry.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the City Council Chamber on the bottom floor of Lewiston City Hall.
Maine’s marijuana legalization referendum is one of six questions residents will decide at the polls Nov. 8. Question 1 seeks to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Maine as an agricultural product. It would allow people 21 and older to possess and use marijuana, create licensing for those that sell the plant, and create a 10 percent tax on all sales.
It would task the Maine Department of Agriculture with regulating the industry, but the details of how it would be regulated and the taxes collected would be left to legislators to figure out.
If voters approve the question, legal marijuana sales could begin in mid-December — long before the state is ready.
Lewiston’s moratorium would stop new pot-selling establishments from opening for six months, giving the state time to work out the details.