Maine

Tue
01
May

Maine and Vermont block legal adult-use cannabis sales yet again

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Maine's cannabis regulations for a second time, while the Vermont House tabled a bill to create a taxed market for marijuana.

Fri
20
Apr

Recreational vs. medical: Taxes divide pot advocates, LePage

The governor has warned lawmakers against having different tax structures for medical and recreation use.

Fear of tax evasion is one reason Gov. Paul LePage wants to veto the adult-use cannabis bill.

The two-term Republican thinks Mainers who aren’t really sick will flock to the medical market because adult-use cannabis would be taxed at a higher rate – an effective tax rate of about 20 percent compared to medical’s 5.5 percent sales tax. LePage has worried that setting up two marijuana programs could lead to tax evasion and black market diversion since voters first legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. He cited it in his veto letter last year, when he scuttled the Legislature’s first adult-use market bill.

Thu
19
Apr

Maine lawmakers believe they can override governor's veto on marijuana bill

Lawmakers in Maine are confident they have the votes to override a likely veto by Gov. Paul LePage (R) on a bill legalizing recreational marijuana.

The state Senate on Tuesday passed the bill in a concurrence vote of 25-10; the House also approved it last week by a veto-proof margin.

Legislators in the House believe their bloc of support for the bill will hold if the governor follows through on his promise to use a veto, according to the Portland Press Herald

Tue
17
Apr

Maine’s Governor LePage vows to veto bill regulating cannabis sales

Staunchly anti-legalization, Maine’s Governor LePage vows to veto bill regulating cannabis sales. Will his views be enough to stop it though?

Maine’s Governor LePage vows to veto bill regulating cannabis sales in the state, it was revealed this week. But that might not be enough to stop the measure.

The Maine House of Representatives passed the bill last week by a vote of 112-34. That margin is enough to override a LePage veto. The Senate is currently considering the compromise law and is expected to give its final approval later this week.

Fri
13
Apr

Maine house passes new attempt at rules for retail marijuana market

The Legislature’s second attempt to setup the market and regulatory system for the retail sale of recreational marijuana is already faring better than its first.

The House voted 112-34 Tuesday to pass a major rewrite of the law voters approved nearly two years ago. Additional votes are needed, but the margin in the House suggests the votes are there to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Some legal cannabis advocates warn, however, that efforts to broaden political support for the proposal could have negative consequences.

For independent Rep. Kent Ackley of Monmouth, the Legislature’s latest bid to create a legal market for cannabis could resolve what has been a 17-month legislative odyssey marked by fits, starts and, so far, failure.

Thu
12
Apr

Future Farm positions to dominate the industrial hemp industry starting in Maine

Today, we have the pleasure of being able to publish an interview with Future Farm’s Derek Ross who has been the key player in the company’s industrial hemp business.

We are excited by this high growth vertical and see it as a significant growth driver for the overall company. Derek, it is great to connect with you and we appreciate you being a part of this interview.

Our readers have been very excited by Future Farm’s industrial hemp business and so are we. 2018 has been a major year for Future Farm’s hemp business. Please tell us about the state of current operations and where this emerging growth vertical is going?

Wed
11
Apr

Maine takes a big step toward retail marijuana sales

A supermajority of the Maine House of Representatives endorsed a regulatory bill for the state’s new recreational marijuana market Tuesday, bringing the state the closest it has been to implementing a 2016 legalization referendum.

It’s the Legislature’s second bid in a year to set up a commercial system for marijuana cultivation and sales.

Fri
06
Apr

Maine lawmakers rewrite legal cannabis regulations (again)

Recreational pot sales have been in limbo while state lawmakers struggle to draft regulations. As a result, Maine’s medical marijuana businesses are suffering.

It has been nearly two years since Maine residents voted for the legalization of recreational cannabis, but the adult-use pot dispensaries and social-use clubs that voters approved are still nowhere in sight.

A state legislative committee is now wrapping up a second attempt at drafting regulations for retail sales, which will soon move to the state's House for a vote, potentially opening the door for sales to begin next year.

Wed
04
Apr

Maine's medical marijuana market is dying as citizens demand recreational cannabis

The state of Maine is stuck in political limbo when it comes to recreational marijuana, and that limbo appears to be hurting the state's medical marijuana industry, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Marijuana Business Daily reports that Maine's medical marijuana industry saw a major decline in 2017 compared with 2016.

Mon
26
Mar

Maine just became the first state to protect cannabis use outside work

Employers in Maine can no longer discriminate against employees based on marijuana use during off-time. Workers are now protected from getting fired or disciplined based solely on their use of cannabis in their off-time, attorneys at Littler Mendelson report.

In a refreshing display of “if it’s legal, it’s legal,” the Maine Department of Labor has removed cannabis from the list of substances for which employers may test.

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