The cannabis tourist's guide to legal US states

As more and more states decriminalize cannabis and legalize recreational use for adults, cannabis tourism is on the rise. Much as one might sample Seattle's famous coffee scene or check out the craft beer in hop capitals like Denver, Colorado and Bend, Oregon, visitors to legal states are dipping a toe into the local culture and sampling regional varietals of bud.

But knowing what the rules about purchasing and consuming cannabis are in different states can be a little tricky. Just in the past year, a slew of new states have sprung for legal cannabis legislation, including Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico. 


Cannabis Real Estate Boom In the Northeast

Real estate is one of the more difficult aspects of the cannabis industry. Securing a license is tough but getting your location is even tougher. Each state has different regulations and restrictions, which combined with unique real estate markets makes finding and securing property essential. It’s an expensive endeavor and one in which traditional mortgages aren’t typically an option. 

This presentation will focus on the New England and New York area cannabis real estate markets. It will cover the following states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 


Maine lawmakers seek to pre-empt proposed rules for medical cannabis

Two Maine legislators are coming to the defense of Maine’s medical marijuana program with a bill that would place a moratorium on a set of proposed regulations and require greater input from the industry before any further rule changes are implemented. 

Co-sponsored by Rep. Lynne Williams, D-Bar Harbor, and Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, the bill would require that in order to amend the rules governing the medical cannabis program, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy must consult “caregivers, registered caregivers and patients and physicians and certified nurse practitioners with significant knowledge and experience certifying patients under the laws governing the medical use of marijuana.”


Rules on Medical Marijuana in Maine to Align with State Law

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After years of revisions, Maine’s marijuana regulators are finally putting the state’s medical marijuana program in synch with state laws.


4 Ways Weed Shops Can Keep Their Customers Coming Back

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Maine officially rolled out adult-use cannabis sales last October. Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Mississippi are all on track to open up shop soon, creating a greater likelihood that we'll see more cannabis dispensaries across the U.S. sooner rather than later. 

According to Zendesk's Customer Experience Trends Report 2020, "nearly three out of four customers (74 percent) feel loyal to a specific brand or company, and more than half (52 percent) will go out of their way to buy from their favorite brands or businesses."


Maine Lawmakers Propose More Flexible Cannabis Advertising

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Maine may revise its current regulations on cannabis advertising, as many feel the current restrictions are too stringent, and arbitrary, to work well for the industry.  

Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville, has proposed “An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Advertising and Marketing of Adult Use Marijuana.” This act would allow businesses to appeal to use their logos and branding on a case-by-case basis, to try and get around some of the stricter language of the current laws. 


Maine lawmaker proposes more flexible review of cannabis-related advertising

Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville

A Maine lawmaker is proposing changes to the state’s marijuana advertising rules following complaints that the current system is too restrictive and subjective. 

Proposed by Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville, “An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Advertising and Marketing of Adult Use Marijuana” would create an appeal process for businesses found in violation of the state’s marijuana advertising rules. Despite the title, Madigan said in an interview Thursday, the bill, which is still in draft form, would apply to both medical and recreational businesses.

State officials say this SeaWeed Co. logo violates rules against using images of people or animals to sell cannabis products. Courtesy of SeaWeed Co.


Demand for recreational marijuana outpacing supply in Maine

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Maine is currently the only state in the country to kick off recreational marijuana sales during the pandemic.

According to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, even with nearly 45 active licenses given to growers, manufacturers, testing sites and retail stores across the state, the demand has been too high for the supply chain to keep up.

But officials expect that to change and they predict more sales in the future.

John Lorenz, the owner of Sweet Relief, agrees.

“There's Downeast travel again. If 3 million people head to Acadia again every year for lodging and restaurants and food, they will pass my location,” said Lorenz.


Maine marijuana shops report brisk business despite pandemic

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Maine's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless.

Maine wasn't able to replicate the grand opening scenes that have followed the first sales in other states. But regulators reported more than $1 million in sales in October, more than $1.2 million in November and nearly $2 million in December. The number of retail businesses also continues to grow.


Maine’s largest cannabis company sues to open state’s medical marijuana market to outsiders

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The state’s largest cannabis company has asked the court to strike down the residency requirement in Maine’s medical marijuana law, making the same constitutional argument it used to successfully open the state’s recreational market to out-of-state investors earlier this year.

Wellness Connection of Maine and its parent company, High Street Capital Partners of Delaware, filed papers in U.S. District Court in Maine last week to overturn the state’s requirement that medical marijuana dispensaries be owned by Mainers. It is seeking an injunction to prohibit the state from enforcing that part of the law until the dispute is settled in court.


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