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Maine governor signs recreational marijuana regulatory framework into effect

Maine residents approved legal recreational marijuana back in 2016, but have been waiting on the government to approve a regulatory framework for the industry. Happily, the end of that wait is now in sight. Governor Janet Mills has signed into effect a law establishing cannabis industry guidelines that is set to take effect in September. That means the state’s first marijuana sales could take place as soon as early 2020. 


Maine Governor signs rules to finally allow cannabis sales

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday setting up a legal framework for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults as early as next year.

Her office said Thursday that the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy plans to accept applications for licenses by the end of 2019. The Democratic governor said her administration has worked quickly to implement the voter-approved law since she took office earlier this year.

The state’s voters chose to legalize both the use and sale of recreational marijuana among adults in November 2016, but months of delays and political squabbles have slowed the implementation of a commercial industry. The state now has a legal road map for marijuana to arrive in stores as soon as early 2020.


Maine Lawmakers approve Bill to regulate recreational marijuana retail

Nearly three years after voters in the state approved legalized marijuana, Maine is finally inching closer to fully regulated pot sales.

Janet Mills, Maine’s Democratic governor, said Friday that she intended to sign a law that establishes rules over the sale of recreational marijuana. A day earlier, the state’s legislature passed the bill at the 11th, approving the measure just before the summer recess.


Legal pot is coming to Maine but will there be enough places to puff?

Legalized recreational marijuana is coming soon to Maine, but it’s highly unlikely it’s coming to the entire state.

The state’s rules are designed to allow municipalities to opt in or out of allowing sales of adult-use marijuana, which voters legalized in 2016, and only a handful of cities and towns have laid the groundwork for retail sales. That means it’s possible marijuana will be for sale in only a few of the Pine Tree State’s nearly 500 cities, towns and plantations when it arrives in stores, likely in 2020.


Maine's biggest cannabis company threatens to sue the state if barred from industry

The biggest cannabis company in Maine, U.S., has announced its intent to sue the state if rules barring the business will potentially prevent its participation in the state’s burgeoning market for adult-use cannabis.

The state’s residency requirements threaten to shut Wellness Connection out of the recreational industry.


Maine officials set goal date for start of recreational marijuana sales

Maine, a state that legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, still doesn’t have a commercial marketplace for cannabis. But regulators say they at least have a plan for what that marketplace will look like, one they hope to have up and running by spring 2020. Maine’s medical cannabis industry operators and entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the consumer market aren’t too pleased with the draft rules, however. They say onerous requirements put small local producers at a major disadvantage and pave the way for a takeover by large cannabis corporations.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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