Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: CA cannabis rollout hinders sales, Arizona mulls MMJ testing & Maine rules delayed

Scotts Miracle-Gro says California’s slow implementation of marijuana regulations is hurting sales, Arizona considers medical cannabis testing, and Maine’s governor delays MMJ regulations. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Scotts’ sales decline Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO James Hagedorn said California’s slow rollout of regulations has hindered […]

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Maine governor delays implementation of medical marijuana regulations

Following the lead of a key legislative committee, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has halted implementation of regulations for the state’s medical marijuana market. The rules would have gone into effect Thursday, but LePage delayed them until May so the Health and Human Services Committee can draft a new law implementing the changes, the Portland Press Herald […]

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Maine panel moves to delay medical marijuana rules

A Maine legislative panel wants to delay medical marijuana rules that would crack down on caregivers, who are playing an increasing role in the state’s MMJ industry. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted to support a bill to delay regulations that caregivers say could harm Maine’s medical marijuana industry, the Portland Press […]

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Maine delays cannabis social clubs until 2023

In another setback for Maine’s recreational marijuana industry, a legalization panel has voted to delay marijuana social clubs until 2023. The Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee voted 5-1 to stall social club licensing, the Portland Press Herald reported. Committee members said they want to wait so Maine can learn from other states looking to implement cannabis […]

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19 attorneys general urge Congress to give cannabis states access to banking

A letter to 10 major Congressional leaders from 19 attorneys general asks Congress to push through legislation that would allow states with medical or recreational marijuana laws to bank as other business do. The group suggests that Congress give special attention to measures such as the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE). Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, introduced […]

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Industry insiders, state officials in recreational cannabis markets vow to stay the course

Prominent figures from the nine recreational marijuana markets in the United States reacted defiantly to the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is throwing out Obama-era protections for the legalized cannabis industry. From Alaska to Maine, industry insiders in states with legal adult-use programs and politicians from both sides of the aisle spoke out against the action. But […]

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Maine accepting applications for industrial hemp licenses

Maine residents who want to grow industrial hemp can now apply for the 2018 growing season. The fee schedule for prospective growers is $100 per application, $500 per license and $50 per acre. Maine has allowed industrial hemp cultivation since 2016, but federal law requires a permit for the cannabis plant, regardless of what it’s […]

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Largest hemp farm in Maine getting even bigger

A Canadian company that specializes in indoor marijuana production is ramping up its move to grow hemp in the United States. Future Farm Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia, is adding 100 acres to its Maine hemp farm, nearly doubling its acreage, according to a company news release. The deal includes an option for Future Farm […]

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Move afoot to review Ohio’s medical marijuana business licensing process

One of Ohio’s medical cannabis companies and some state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how MMJ cultivation license applications were scored after it was revealed one of the judges had a felony drug conviction. As the owner of one-man firm iCann Consulting, Trevor Bozeman won part of a $150,000 state contract in June to score MMJ […]

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New US recreational marijuana markets – one year later

The recreational marijuana industry had a big year in 2016, when voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada – approved sales of adult-use cannabis.

But one year later, what the voters approved and the reality of what’s happening look vastly different.

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Maine lawmakers vote to sustain gov’s recreational cannabis veto

The Maine House of Representatives on Monday opted not to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that would have implemented a recreational marijuana ballot measure approved by voters last year. Gov. Paul LePage wrote in a veto letter last week that he torpedoed the bill because it “sets unrealistic timelines for launching the market, fails to address […]

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