Maine is one step closer toward recreational marijuana sales

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State officials are now accepting applications for retailers, years after Mainers voted to allow recreational marijuana.

Local businesses in Belfast selling medical marijuana are hoping to expand to recreational, also known as adult use.

Maine voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2016, but the state only started accepting applications for recreational retailers last month.

The years between has been a battle in the legislature.

"What we're hoping to see is that this be a Maine-based system much like a lot of our small breweries and we've seen that be very successful, so we're hoping the state will be willing to work hand in hand with us,” said Paul McCarrier, who owns 1 Mill in Belfast.

State officials estimate the first adult use retailer in Maine will open in the spring. For now, they're processing applications, which can be done online.

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