Maine Senate defeats drug decriminalization bill that cleared the House

7/1/21–The Maine Senate on Wednesday defeated a bill that would have decriminalized possession of all currently illicit drugs. As passed by the House, the legislation would have made possession of controlled substances for personal use punishable by a $100 fine, without the threat of incarceration. That fine could also have been waived if a person completed a substance misuse assessment within 45 days of being cited. Read