Governor Signs Executive Order Directing Rulemaking Authority for Marijuana Legalization to BABLO

January 30, 2017

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 30, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today signed an Executive Order directing rulemaking authority for the Marijuana Legalization Act to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO).

The “Order Regarding Executive Branch Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Act” authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to direct rulemaking authority granted under the “Marijuana Legalization Act” to the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services for rulemaking by the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. BABLO already has expertise in managing retail sales, licensing and enforcement, as well as the process of rulemaking.

The Executive Order further outlines that no employee or department of the Executive Branch may use funds for the purpose of implementing the Marijuana Legalization Act until an appropriation is made by the Legislature for that purpose.

“The Executive Branch must be provided with the resources necessary to implement this new law,” said Governor LePage. “We submitted language to direct rulemaking to BABLO and requested funding from the Legislature to implement it, but the Speaker of the House killed it. The longer Democrat leadership plays these political games, the more they show the Maine people who they really are. If they fail to do the right thing, I will take action to make sure rulemaking for the Marijuana Legalization Act Mainers is done properly and paid for appropriately.”

The Executive Order language is as follows:

An Order Regarding Executive Branch Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Act

WHEREAS, on Tuesday, November 8, the People of Maine voted to approve the “Marijuana Legalization Act” by a majority of the votes given and the Act will be effective beginning January 30, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the 128th Maine Legislature has not yet taken action to ensure the proper oversight of the Act, or appropriated the necessary funds to enable the rulemaking for licensing and enforcement of the Act and will not have taken such action by the time the Act becomes operative; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Branch will be required to expend substantial funds in order to conduct the rulemaking required by the Act; and

WHEREAS, the retail sales, licensing, enforcement, and rulemaking expertise of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is beneficial and necessary to the development and enforcement of the rules required by the Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Paul R. LePage, Governor of the State of Maine, hereby order as follows:

1.Pursuant to the “Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act,” the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is directed to delegate rulemaking authority granted under the “Marijuana Legalization Act” to the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services for rule-making, which shall rely on the expertise of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.

  1. No employee or department of the Executive Branch may expend funds for the purpose of implementing the Marijuana Legalization Act until an appropriation is made by the Legislature for that purpose. The effective date of this Executive Order is January 30, 2017.

Related Documents

An Order Regarding Executive Branch Implementation of the Marijuana Legalization Act