Maine

Tue
14
Jan

Maine’s Hemp Farmers Want To Grow Their Businesses But Rules Still Loom

Hemp growers in Maine are concerned that new rules governing the crop could hold back the growth of an industry that is already the largest in New England.

States around the country are grappling with the changing legal landscape surrounding hemp since the 2018 Farm Bill directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create national regulations for the product of the plant. The popularity of products made from hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, has fueled the growth.

Wed
08
Jan

Maine hemp farmers want relaxed THC rules, lower fees

Farmers are speaking out against Maine’s plan to adopt stricter, more costly hemp farming rules, urging state agriculture officials to lower licensing costs and not change how they measure the small amount of psychoactive element found in this cannabis crop.

Maine wants to change how it defines hemp, and how it differentiates it from marijuana, to echo stricter federal guidelines on how much THC is allowed by using a federal formula that reduces the small amount of psychoactive element that has been allowed in Maine hemp since 2014.

Tue
07
Jan

Maine is one step closer toward recreational marijuana sales

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.

Tue
24
Dec

Maine Doesn’t Have Enough Recreational Cannabis Testing Facilities

A lack of testing facilities is threatening to slow the rollout of legalized recreational marijuana sales in Maine.

Maine voters approved adult use marijuana in a 2016 vote, and state regulators have said products could be available in stores in spring 2020. The state is requiring marijuana products to be tested for factors such as potency, foreign materials, dangerous molds and harmful microbes.

Fri
20
Dec

Maine: New hemp rules would raise fees, change calculations for THC thresholds

Maine is proposing new hemp farming rules that would double a farmer’s per acre cost, allow them to grow indoors and change how the psychoactive element of their crop is measured in such a way that a quarter of them would not have been able to sell this year’s harvest.

Maine has proposed the changes to help ease the state’s 154 hemp farmers into compliance with looming federal regulations, which are more restrictive than the rules governing that the state’s three-year-old hemp program.

Wed
18
Dec

Maine Growers Ask Feds To Loosen Proposed Hemp Rules

Hemp producers from across Maine are asking the federal government to reconsider portions of draft rules governing their industry.

Dozens of hemp producers, financial representatives and state and federal officials squeezed into the Sheepscot General Store and Farm in Whitefield to talk with state and federal officials about how the proposed temporary rules could cause harm to their business. The meeting was convened by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, who told the crowd that despite several barriers that still need to be worked through, there is major political momentum behind the promotion of hemp production in the U.S.

Tue
10
Dec

Maine Now Taking Applications For Cannabis Dispensaries And Cultivators

Maine’s recreational cannabis industry shifted into a new gear on Thursday. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) opened up its application process for adult use cannabis sales licenses, and also started accepting applications for the cultivation and manufacture of marijuana.

Applicants have started tearing through the paperwork in the hopes of being among the first applicants. Some of these would-be entrepreneurs have been waiting for years for the chance to start in on bureaucratic process. Further encouraging applicants’ quickness is the fact that business licenses will be awarded on a limited basis in some cities.

Mon
09
Dec

Massachusetts medical marijuana customers are buying cheap, good weed — in Maine

Ingrid Martinez is terminally ill and undergoing chemotherapy. Medical marijuana helps her alleviate her nausea and pain. Martinez, 50, a Lowell resident who worked in medical coding before she got sick, travels to Maine every three weeks or so to buy marijuana.

Although she has a Massachusetts medical marijuana card, she said marijuana costs too much in the Bay State. Martinez had to stop using marijuana at one point because she could not afford it. If she can buy more cheaply in Maine, Martinez said, “It’s there when I need it.”

Mon
09
Dec

Maine now taking applications for cannabis dispensaries and cultivators

Maine’s recreational cannabis industry shifted into a new gear on Thursday. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) opened up its application process for adult use cannabis sales licenses, and also started accepting applications for the cultivation and manufacture of marijuana.

Applicants have started tearing through the paperwork in the hopes of being among the first applicants. Some of these would-be entrepreneurs have been waiting for years for the chance to start in on bureaucratic process. Further encouraging applicants’ quickness is the fact that business licenses will be awarded on a limited basis in some cities.

Thu
05
Dec

Maine Ag Officials Say New Hemp Rules Could Hurt Growth

State agriculture officials have sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressing concerns that parts of the long-awaited federal hemp rule are too restrictive and could slow the growth of Maine's hemp industry. 

Nancy McBrady, director of the Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, says that the federal limits on trace amounts of THC allowed in hemp are too rigid, since levels fluctuate in many hemp varieties.

“Depending on, really, where they're grown and stress factors, etc. and, instead, USDA is requiring that the THC be assessed in a manner that is very stringent,” says McBrady.

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