Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize cannabis social clubs and other forms of on-site consumption, according to a Spectrum News report.
Sponsored by state Rep. David Boyer (R-Poland), the proposal would establish a cannabis-based hospitality industry in Maine by giving tourists a place to legally consume. If approved, the bill would establish a “cannabis hospitality establishment license” that would need to be acquired before businesses could allow on-site consumption.
LD 1952 appeared recently before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.
The proposal is notably opposed by John Hudak, Director of the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy, whose concerns range from poor air quality in cannabis clubs to the potential for increased impaired driving. “This bill simply does not address the serious public health and safety issues raised by permitting the public consumption of a substance that impairs critical thinking, memory, judgment, balance and coordination,” Hudak said in the report.