Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission is seeking public comment regarding contacts between law enforcement officers and the public following the end of the state’s prohibition of cannabis cultivation, use and sale.

Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Act requires the advisory commission to report on the effects of the law annually to the Legislature, including comments from the public on the resulting interaction between law enforcement personnel and the public. In two years of seeking such feedback, the commission has received only one comment.

Specifically, the commission seeks public comments regarding “ ... contacts between law enforcement officers and citizens following the initiation of an adult use marijuana market in the State that involve the personal adult use of marijuana and marijuana products and the home cultivation of marijuana for personal adult use.”

Comments submitted for this purpose will become public records as submitted, including any details or identifying information contained in those comments. These comments will be appended to the Marijuana Advisory Commission’s annual report to the Legislature, which will be distributed to legislative committees and made publicly available through the commission’s website: legislature.maine.gov/marijuana-advisory-commission.

In a news release, commission staff wrote that the commission welcomes input from the public “ ... regarding how this statutorily-required solicitation of information could be improved or otherwise amended to obtain better data or to better address the concerns for which this solicitation was originally designed.”

The Marijuana Advisory Commission will accept public comments for a period of 30 days, and all comments must be received by commission staff no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 8. Comments should be emailed to Daniel Tartakoff at daniel.tartakoff@legislature.maine.gov, or Sam Prawer at samuel.prawer@legislature.maine.gov; or sent by mail to the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, attn: Marijuana Advisory Commission, 13 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0013.