Maine legalizes marijuana for recreational use

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PORTLAND, Maine — Maine voters have approved a ballot question making recreational marijuana legal for adults age 21 or older.

The proposal will allow Maine residents to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, test and sell marijuana and marijuana products. Marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent and subject to local restrictions.

The vote was close, within a fraction of a percentage point. The Associated Press made the call Thursday, two days after Election Day.

Parents groups and some law enforcement organizations opposed the proposal. The proposal also received some scrutiny from members of the medical marijuana community, who fear it will replace the state’s medical program.

The statewide approval follows previous votes to legalize pot at the city level in Portland and South Portland in recent years. The city of Lewiston shot down a similar proposal.