Janet Mills on Drugs



Expert in substance abuse for every child welfare district

The drug epidemic is jeopardizing the safety, security and welfare of our youngest children as well as our adults. Substance use disorder is identified as a risk factor in 53% of cases when a child is removed from the home. I am directing the Department of Health and Human Services to embed a clinical expert in substance use disorder in every child welfare district in Maine to better recognize the influence of substance use, to navigate the risks to children, and to steer parents into treatment.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Maine legislature , Feb 14, 2023

Signed 2019 law for regulating adult-use marijuana market

"Nearly four years after Mainers approved marijuana legalization at the ballot box, the will of the people will finally be effectuated," said the Marijuana Policy Project Deputy Director, one of the leaders of the 2016 campaign. "The delays were unfortunate and unnecessary, but in the end we've succeeded in replacing prohibition with a thoughtful policy that legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana sales for adults 21 and over," the MPP Director added.

Marijuana has been legal for adults 21 and older to grow and share since January 30, 2017. Legislation to establish rules and implement a regulated adult-use marijuana market was signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills on June 27, 2019.

Eleven states have legalized marijuana for adults 21 and over. The Marijuana Policy Project spearheaded the successful Yes on 1 legalization campaign in Maine and played a central role in the coalitions that passed initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana in CO, AK, MA, MI, and NV.

Source: MPP.org press release on Maine voting record "Yes on 1" , Oct 8, 2020

Legalize recreational marijuana and bring in millions

Marijuana: Support ME's 2016 ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana use?

Mills: Yes. Properly implemented, could "bring millions into our state economy, create jobs, and end unjust & costly war on drugs."

Moody: Opposes, part of corrupt initiative process that led him to run for office. Can't test impairment, so legalization is a liability for employers.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maine Governor race , Nov 1, 2018

Investigate role of opioid manufacturers in drug abuse

Mills said the coalition is investigating what role opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging the drug epidemic. "We need to get the genie back in the pill bottle; our society is awash in pills and it is killing us." She went on to say that the vast majority of people arrested for possession of heroin or fentanyl tell authorities that their substance abuse disorder began with painkiller prescriptions.
Source: Press Herald on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race , Oct 15, 2017

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