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FILE-In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a former U.S. Marine smokes medical marijuana in Belfast, Maine. A handful of recreational marijuana legalization drives has the medical pot industry bracing for something it never expected to deal with: competition. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

It's officially legal to smoke marijuana in Maine as of Monday


Maine Gov. Paul LePage is expected to sign a law Monday officially making recreational marijuana legal in his state.

LePage initially said he would not sign the bill unless concessions were made, including funding to regulate marijuana, and clarifications that children could not smoke it and adults can't use it while driving, our partner at WGME reports. He opted to make the changes in an executive order instead. 

We hope that they work diligently...because we need to minimize the amount of time that we're forcing adults to go to the black market.
David Boyer, 'Yes on 1'

David Boyer, spokesman for pro-pot group "Yes on 1," said he was disappointed lawmakers delayed pot shops even further.

In addition to the changes listed above, LePage's order would shift authority over marijuana from the Department of Agriculture to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operation. 

Maine was one of four states to legalize recreational marijuana on Election Day in 2016, alongside California, Nevada and Massachusetts. It allows people 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow their own plants.

Marijuana advocates, of course, were delighted at the news.

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