- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Dozens of people showed up for a public hearing Maine lawmakers held on a proposal to push back the legalized sale of marijuana.

Maine voters approved of legal marijuana for personal use in November. The law includes a 9-month window for the Legislature to make rules on the sale of the drug.

Two legislators want to push the deadline back another three months, to February 2018.

WCSH-TV (https://on.wcsh6.com/2ixJGbU ) reports a public hearing on the subject took place at the Maine Statehouse on Tuesday afternoon.

State Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican, is one of the supporters of the extended moratorium. He says state officials need more time to craft rules and make sure they’re safe for public health.

Use and possession of marijuana is set to become legal Jan. 30.

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