Maine is high on my list of states that are next to legalize marijuana. I think it's very possible that Maine could become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana via the legislative process. But if not, there is a solid backup effort for an initiative underway right now. Legalize Maine has filed a marijuana legalization initiative for the 2016 Election in case the Maine Legislature fails to act. Per The Joint Blog:
The nonprofit political committee Legalize Maine has officially submitted their initiative to legalize cannabis to the Secretary of State, beginning the process of getting the proposal placed on the November, 2016 general election ballot.
"It's time to put the question before Maine voters", said Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine. "We are confident that Mainers will support our plan to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana as an agricultural product. Marijuana has been an economic engine for Maine's rural economy for the past 50 years and it's time for Mainers to decide if they want to legalize that section of the economy or not."
The legalization initiative that Legalize Maine is moving forward with would allow the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, and would allow marijuana stores to exist, where marijuana would be taxed at 10%. The initiative also has a provision for people to grow up to 6 mature plants, and 12 immature plants. To find out more about the initiative, visit the Legalize Maine website.