MAINE: The Maine House of Representatives has rejected a bill that seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. The Democratic-controlled House voted, 98-45, against the bill on Monday. It will now be considered by the Republican-controlled Senate but is not expected to pass there either.
The bill would allow people ages 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and would set up a system to regulate and tax the drug. It would have to be approved by voters in a statewide election.
Two groups have already launched referendum drives to try to get marijuana legalization proposals on the ballot next year.