Maine

Fri
15
May

Poll: Respondents in Adult-Use Marijuana States Say Legalization Has Been Successful

Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Respondents in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington were asked their opinion regarding whether their state’s adult-use legalization policy “has been a success or a failure.”

Tue
12
May

Maine to cease enforcement of marijuana residency requirement

The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy announced May 11 it will cease enforcement of the State of Maine’s adult use marijuana program residency requirements.

The decision comes, according to a news release, after counsel in the Office of the Attorney General reviewed the law and facts presented in a pending lawsuit filed against the department, NPG LLC et al v. Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services et al, and advised the department on the matter.

At its core, the lawsuit alleged that the residency requirement found in the MLA is a violation of the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution by explicitly and purposefully favoring Maine residents over nonresidents, per a release. 

Mon
11
May

Maine Legalized Recreational Pot 4 Years Ago But There Are Still No Retailers. And Now A New Glitch

Four years ago, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Yet, there are still no marijuana retailers in the state. The industry's roll-out since since 2016 has been impeded by a number of legislative and regulatory twists and turns, including a gubernatorial veto.  But few, if any, in this emerging sector anticipated the latest obstacle.

In June of last year, the state adopted rules for adult use cannabis businesses, and in March issued its first conditional licenses. The hope was to launch retail sales this spring. But the pandemic happened.

Erik Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, says the state is waiting for approval from local city and town governments.

Fri
08
May

Medical Cannabis Industry Booming in Maine Despite COVID-19

Despite the major impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the economy in general, and especially the cannabis industry in the

Mon
13
Apr

Maine Delays Launch of Adult Use Cannabis Sales, Citing Coronavirus

Just weeks after issuing the first conditional licenses for cannabis businesses, Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy announced Friday that the launch of adult use sales in the state would be postponed “due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” Sales were expected to begin in June.

Thu
26
Mar

Coronavirus Outbreak Could Delay Maine Marijuana Launch

The launch of Maine’s new recreational cannabis industry could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the world.

The state’s first cannabis stores were supposed to open this month, but the launch was pushed back to June due to delays in the licensing process. Now it could be pushed back even further as the state shuts down non-essential services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been 142 cases of COVID-19 so far in Maine. All non-essential businesses have been ordered to cease operations as authorities try to stop the disease’s spread.

Mon
16
Mar

Maine issues first round of conditional marijuana licenses

The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy issued its first round of conditional adult-use marijuana business licenses Friday, giving provisional approval to 31 businesses to open growing operations, manufacturing facilities and retail shops in 10 Maine cities and towns.

Conditional approval has been granted to one nursery, 10 growing operations, four manufacturing facilities and 16 retail stores. Approvals range from a single shop in Newry, one of Maine’s smallest towns, to seven companies that want to open 10 marijuana businesses in Portland, Maine’s biggest city.

Wed
04
Mar

Recreational Marijuana in Maine Delayed Three Months

State regulators in Maine expect legal sales of cannabis to begin in June, three months later than previously expected. Voters in the state legalized recreational cannabis more than three years ago with the approval of the Marijuana Legalization Act, a measure that was supposed to take effect within 40 days of its passage in 2016. 

Mon
02
Mar

Maine now expects retail marijuana stores won’t be open until June

Maine is planning to have its first recreational marijuana shops open in June, three months later than expected. State budget forecasters are banking on a robust kickoff, however, estimating $5 million in sales by the end of the month.

Maine is “very close” to issuing the first round of conditional recreational business licenses, said Erik Gundersen, the director of the Office of Marijuana Policy. It has received 197 applications so far; 80 of which have been deemed complete enough for regulatory review.

Thu
27
Feb

Maine Authorities Announce Plan For Cannabis Crimes Unit

Maine legalized cannabis back in 2017, but its law enforcement officials want to be clear that not all uses of the drug are acceptable. On Monday, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Safety Michael Sauschuck announced a plan to create a new squad to fight cannabis-related crimes that will cost $649,000 a year. 

“As other states have seen, there is absolutely a time and place for enforcement,” said Sauschuck. 

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