Maine

Fri
13
Oct

Revenue, cost estimates hazy on marijuana implementation

With two weeks to go before lawmakers vote on legislation to legalize marijuana, state analysts have yet to calculate the fiscal impact of Maine’s adult-use cannabis bill.

Lawmakers tasked with setting up the new recreational market had projected Maine would collect about $21.4 million a year in taxes once the market matured. On Thursday, the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal and Program Review told the committee its proposed rewrite of a voter-approved cannabis law would have netted even more, about $27.7 million a year, before the committee changed its proposed tax scheme.

Fri
13
Oct

Maine: Residents say they support retail marijuana sales

By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, midcoast residents oppose the prohibition of recreational marijuana retail shops, social clubs, commercial cultivation, and other operations in Damariscotta, though a majority of respondents favor regulations, such as a limit on the number of business licenses and zoning.

For the past month, the town of Damariscotta has been soliciting feedback on how, if at all, the town should regulate recreational marijuana-related businesses through an 18-question survey. The survey was posted on the town’s website and in its email newsletter, and paper copies were available at the town office.

Wed
11
Oct

Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

Recreational marijuana sales will launch in three states next year, including the biggest one of all: California.

It's already for sale in five states, but the addition of a legal retail marijuana market in California, with its massive economy and population, will dramatically change the landscape.

California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer.

Fri
29
Sep

Maine panel divvies up tax revenue from sales of marijuana

Maine legislative panel agreed Thursday on how to divvy tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales after putting the kibosh on drive-thru sales, internet sales and home delivery.

The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation wants to provide 5 percent to towns that host retail or cultivation businesses. Another 6 percent would go to law enforcement and 6 percent to public education. The remainder would go to the state's general fund.

The panel held two days of hearings with a goal of getting a proposal in shape to be considered during a special legislative session next month.

Wed
27
Sep

Maine could legalize drive-through and online weed sales

Ever wanted to buy weed on the World Wide Web? Well, if you live in Maine you might be able to in the near future.

new bill under consideration in the state legislature would allow for the creation of drive-through marijuana dispensaries in the state, and would also give consumers the option to buy cannabis online.

In the case of the drive-through option, customers would pull up to a window and buy their ganja on the go—Maine liquor stores already offer this service. Online purchases would be delivered directly to a customer’s home.

Wed
27
Sep

Maine: Hearing on recreational marijuana bill draws crowd to Augusta

There was no shortage of comments as scores of Mainers filled a hearing room and two overflow rooms at the State House to express their concerns with proposed legislation to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in Maine. And those testifying were not shy about spelling out what they don’t like about the bill.

Members of the special committee set up to draft legislation were told the draft bill needs plenty of changes, and some, like Joanne Reese of Bryant Pond, think the committee has strayed too far from the measure that voters approved last fall by just under 4,000 votes.

Tue
26
Sep

New legislation would prohibit smoking weed in Maine cannabis clubs

A new bill to regulate recreational cannabis use in Maine would allow cannabis social clubs to open across the state beginning in 2019. However, the proposed bill does not include an exemption from the state's public smoking ban, so it will likely be illegal to smoke marijuana in these marijuana clubs. The smoking ban extends to vaping as well, so the current legislation would only permit use of edibles, tinctures, or topical cannabis products in these new venues.

Mon
25
Sep

A marijuana drive-through could be coming to a corner near you

‘Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are envisioning something of a rarity: allowing customers to buy their weed at drive-up windows.

Mon
18
Sep

Conflicting advice presented to marijuana rulemakers

When Maine solicited advice on how to set up its new recreational cannabis market, about a dozen groups from all over the country, from national marijuana consulting firms to the manager of a small Maine town, chimed in: Ban marijuana social clubs, despite the voters’ will. Discourage “drug warrior” cops. Tax marijuana enough to discourage youth use, but keep it competitive with street prices

Thu
14
Sep

Insurer says it shouldn't have to pay for medical marijuana

The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers' compensation for medical marijuana.

It's the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana.

Madawaska resident Gaetan Bourgoin won a ruling from the state's Workers' Compensation Board two years ago saying the paper mill's insurer must reimburse him for medical marijuana. He contends marijuana is cheaper and safer than narcotics.

But Twin Rivers Paper Co. and its insurer appealed the ruling, arguing that paying for pot use, even for medical purposes, could expose the companies to prosecution since marijuana still is illegal at the federal level.

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