It’s nice to see an elected official do the will of the people, especially when it conflicts with his own personal beliefs. That is a sign that our democracy is working. So thank you, Maine Governor LePage! Even though he was against Question 1 on Maine’s ballot last fall, that did not stop him from signing the proclamation that will legalize recreational marijuana as passed by the people.

The governor’s signature has an immediate effect if thirty days is to be immediate. As of January 30, 2017, Maine’s citizens are able to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana, as well as grow up to six plants effective January 30, 2017. So congratulations to the citizens of Maine – or at least to those who are over the age of twenty-one, of course.

The state does not yet have the framework in place to regulate this new industry, and the governor has requested a nine-month moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana. One would think there were enough examples from other states that it wouldn’t take nine months. Maybe Maine’s legislature could take it as a challenge to try to get it done in six months! Sadly, democracy is quite slow in action.