Some towns have opted to become "dry towns" and refrain from having social clubs and retail groups altogether. Many towns also are considering or have already applied moratoriums on marijuana sales to give government officials time to examine current land use regulations.
Governor LePage has previously spoken out against the legalization. "Question 1 is not just bad for Maine, it can be deadly," he said in a misleading video
in October. But residents pushed back, raising $3.2 million
to fight for legalization.
Medical marijuana usage has been legal in Maine since 1999, but previous attempts to legalize it for recreational use have been unsuccessful. Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Michigan have all legalized
medical marijuana. California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Washington D.C., Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada -- and now Maine -- have all legalized medical and recreational marijuana.
Residents in possession of marijuana cannot buy a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer, as marijuana is illegal on a federal level.