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Maine Maybe One of the Next States to Say OK to Pot

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Colorado and Washington just became the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Now a lawmaker in Maine and lawmaker from Rhode Island say they would like to enact similar laws in their states. Money would be saved on the arresting, prosecuting and the jail cost of marijuana offenses. Plus, taxes raised from it would help out.

Maine Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, said she will propose legislation to legalize marijuana in Maine. She estimated that sales taxes on its purchase there would raise $8 million.  The recent votes in Washington and Colorado show an easing up of the public’s attitude towards pot. Chances are those states will be facing legal battles with the federal government over the new rules.  The federal government still has a harsh view of the subject.

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