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Lawmakers to meet on how to implement marijuana legalization in Maine

Recreational marijuana became legal in January, but legally there's nowhere for Mainers to buy it. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Lawmakers in Augusta will hold a work session and a public hearing Friday on how to implement marijuana legalization in Maine.

Recreational marijuana became legal in January, but there's nowhere for Mainers to legally buy it.

The only options are to grow pot yourself or to "gift" marijuana to those 21 and older.

Lawmakers are working to change that so instead of buying it on the black market with the possibility of getting in trouble, you'll need to show an ID and pay taxes on it.

Currently, there's a one-year moratorium on retail sales.

In February of 2018, lawmakers will begin accepting applications for retail marijuana sales—

They're currently using this time to figure out how to regulate those sales by drafting rules and enforcement policies.

There are two sessions lawmakers will take part in. Friday morning's session centers on cultivation requirements and Friday afternoon's will looks at local municipalities and their role in regulating pot.

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