Maine

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.

Wed
04
Dec

Cannabis Companies in Maine are Preparing for the Long Licensing Process

Three years after voters legalized the plant for adult use, things are finally picking up for the cannabis industry in Maine. With the application set to go live from the state Office of Marijuana Policy on December 5th, many companies are already doing what they can to get prepared. As with any state to legalize marijuana, there are plenty of hoops for these businesses to jump through in order to obtain a license to grow, process or sell marijuana. If all goes as expected, the first sales are expected to happen mid-March 2020. 

Thu
28
Nov

Veterans support group offers marijuana ‘cultivation therapy’

A veteran support group from New England is promoting marijuana cultivation as a means of helping people struggling with life after having served in the armed forces. 

The New England Veterans Alliance Inc (NEVA) says its goal is to assist people with a military background gain insight into “more natural options” for treating PTSD and other conditions that often affect veterans as a result of their service.

This includes education on medical marijuana and what the group is calling “cultivation therapy.”

Speaking on Fox Business this week, NEVA founder Derek Coultier and retired US Army veteran Shawn Reardon discussed the non-profit organization and its efforts to bring cannabis closer to vets.

Mon
11
Nov

Maine: Caregivers sound off about new rules for medical cannabis

Proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana program are drawing fire from a number of patients and caregivers.

The new rules are being drafted by the state's Office of Marijuana Policy. 

The regulations will require caregivers who grow cannabis for patients, to enroll in a state inventory program that will track marijuana from seed to sale. 

This comes as the state will start taking applications in December, to license recreational marijuana businesses.

The proposed rules are expected go into effect sometime next year and will impact 25-hundred licensed caregivers who grow medical cannabis for patients. 

Patients and caregivers say the proposed rules are burdensome and costly and could cut access to medicine, especially for sick children.

Wed
06
Nov

Maine Officials finally announce start date for marijuana business applications

November 2016, the month voters in Maine legalized recreational marijuana, seems like a distant memory now. And with 2019 coming to a close, Maine still doesn’t have a retail cannabis industry. In fact, from legalization to the start of legal sales—still slated for March 2020—Maine’s will have been the slowest rollout of any recreational-use program in the country.

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