- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers say they want to give the state more time to implement rules regulating the sale of marijuana for personal use.

Residents of the state narrowly passed legalization in November. The ballot initiative allows the state nine months to make rules.

Senate President Mike Thibodeau of Winterport and Rep. Louis Luchini of Ellsworth have introduced a bill to give the state three additional months to develop the rules. Thidodeau is a Republican and Luchini is a Democrat.

The proposal would extend the deadline for rules to Feb. 1, 2018.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2jEml8F ) reports that supporters of legalization say they will fight any proposed delay of retail marijuana sales.

A special legislative committee has been formed to review a number of marijuana-related bills. It meets next week.

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