AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Marijuana Advisory Commission by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash. The commission studies best practices to implement adult-use and medical cannabis laws, rules and programs in Maine and makes recommendations to the Legislature.
“It’s critical we continue to work diligently toward establishing an adult-use marketplace as supported by Maine voters, while ensuring that public health and safety is a top priority,” said. Sen. Chenette. “As we’ve seen with alcohol, there is always a need to be refining and improving regulations to ensure a responsible relationship between businesses, law enforcement and the public.”
The 15 member commission includes other lawmakers, as well as representatives from state agencies, the medical marijuana industry, the adult-use industry and the public.
The purpose of the Marijuana Advisory Commission is to ensure that the 2016 citizen initiative to legalize adult-use marijuana is implemented and that the medical cannabis laws, rules and programs currently in place work in tandem with the initiative. The commission will make recommendations to the Legislature after soliciting feedback from the public and stakeholders.