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Maine House approves recreational marijuana bill

The bill will develop a regulatory structure for the sale of recreational marijuana. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine House has approved the latest bill to regulating recreational marijuana.

The new bill will go down the hallway to the Senate on Friday for a vote, and with a big enough majority, it will be out of the hands of the governor to decide its fate from there.

The bill will develop a regulatory structure for the sale of recreational marijuana.

Changes include making it easier for residents and small businesses to find footing in the industry, allowing only three home grow plants and setting the tax rate at 20 percent.

It passed in the House Thursday by a 112 to 34 vote.

Ending an ongoing battle by lawmakers to pass legislation on retail pot in the House, which failed to override a veto by Governor LePage last November.

Senator Roger Katz says he’s expecting 24 or 25 yes votes from the Senate Friday, more than enough to override any possible veto attempts from the governor.

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