Maine

Mon
13
May

One thing Maine’s legal pot industry can’t bank on: Support of financial institutions

The inability of Maine’s cannabis-related businesses to access traditional banking services is a huge drag on the industry, but that may be about to change.

Supporters of a congressional push to protect banks and credit unions that do business with legal cannabis growers, sellers, processors and product makers say it would transform the industry in Maine, especially with recreational sales right around the corner.

Wed
08
May

Maine holds public hearing on Bills to clear marijuana convictions

On May 7, Maine held a public hearing on a trio of bills that would clear criminal and civil records related to marijuana. The hearing, which took place before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, heard testimony from private citizens and those working in Maine’s developing legal industry. And while the state gets set to release the final version of its regulatory plan for that industry, Tuesday’s public hearings provided an opportunity to discuss the social justice aspects of Maine’s 2016 legalization of adult-use cannabis.

Tue
23
Apr

Maine releases draft rules for its recreational marijuana market.

More than two years after residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, Maine released draft rules Monday that detail how the state’s new adult-use market woud be launched, monitored and regulated by the Office of Marijuana Policy.

The state released the rules in response to a Freedom of Access request by the Portland Press Herald.

The regulations, which were developed by the consulting firm of Freedman & Koski of Colorado, will not be implemented until they are presented at a public hearing and win approval from the Legislature. Other rules on testing labs and protocols will be adopted later, without legislative approval.

Thu
11
Apr

Maine on track to launch recreational marijuana market this year, says state’s pot czar

A consultant is expected to submit a first draft of proposed adult-use marijuana rules to the state Office of Marijuana Policy on Thursday, putting Maine back on track to open its recreational market by year’s end, state officials say.

“We are working incredibly hard to get this thing rolled out,” said Erik Gundersen, director of the new Office of Marijuana Policy, on Wednesday. “There are people in my office that are working, no lie, seven days a week to make sure we can get this adult-use industry rolled out in 2019.”

Fri
08
Feb

Getting in the mood: How pot could change depression and anxiety treatment

Even the world’s most seasoned tokers have experienced the overwhelming and frightening feeling of THC-induced anxiety. We’ve all taken a hit (or consumed an edible) too many, inadvertently thrusting our stoned minds into a vortex of bleak thoughts, or even raising unsubstantiated questions like why is everyone looking at me right now?

Thus, while cannabis has been proven to be beneficial for a wide range of medical conditions, one might assume that it doesn’t offer much relief for mood-related disorders like depression and anxiety.

Thu
07
Feb

The crackdown on CBD edibles has begun

CBD, one of the buzziest wellness products of 2019, just hit a snag. New York City has forbidden the sale of CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that fall under the Department of Health's purview, Eater reported Tuesday. Health inspectors in the city are already visiting restaurants to enforce the crackdown.

Fri
11
Jan

Maine lawmakers developing bills to expunge past cannabis convictions

As many other states with legal adult-use cannabis (and some without) have done, Mainelawmakers will soon consider a handful of bills to expunge or seal past cannabis convictions. At this stage, however, legislators are only weighing bill titles related to those policies. Lawmakers say they haven’t yet drafted specific details about the policies or how the state would implement them. But two competing approaches are currently emerging.

Fri
14
Dec

Medical cannabis convenience store opens in Maine

After voters approved adult-use cannabis legalization in 2016, Maine lawmakers haven’t let outgoing Gov. Paul LePage’s veto power stand in the way of the will of the People. Back in May, state legislators overrode LePage’s veto of a bill legalizing adult-use retail sales. And in July, they overrode the governor’s veto of a medical marijuana program expansion. With many of the restrictions placed on caregivers and dispensaries lifted by the new bill, Maine’s medical cannabis industry has more freedom to operate—and innovate.

Wed
05
Dec

Maine's Marijuana Advisory Commission taking shape

The first appointments to Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission are lobbyists with ties to the state’s largest medical cannabis dispensary and the Yes on One campaign.

The 15-member panel was created to review state recreational and medical marijuana laws and recommend changes needed to preserve the public’s health and safety, preserve the intent of the 2016 citizen initiative that legalized adult-use marijuana, and integrate the state’s adult-use and medical cannabis laws, rules and programs. The commission will make recommendations to the Legislature but hold no direct regulatory power.

Thu
22
Nov

Maine: Slow motion crawl toward adult-use marijuana sales

Amid headlines about marijuana legalization getting approved by voters this fall in the Midwest and unlikely places like Utah, a question remains: Whatever happened to marijuana in Maine?

If efficiency and effectiveness are the standard for grading how governments implement the will of the people, Maine would get an “F.” Two years after state voters approved the sale of adult-use cannabis in the state, you still can’t buy it anywhere in Maine. By contrast, voters in Nevada and California approved legal recreational marijuana the same day as voters in Maine but have been able to buy marijuana for a long time. Both businesses and the governments are enjoying the cannabis profits.

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