Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues.

Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

Recreational marijuana states undeterred by hints of federal crackdown

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with running their existing programs or preparing to launch new ones.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

Maine lawmakers approve three-month rec sales delay

John Schroyer  | January 27, 2017

Maine’s legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a three-month delay in the start of recreational marijuana sales.

The bill may still be vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, however, because some key provisions he had supported were not included in the bill, the Portland Press-Herald reported.

If the bill does become law, it means …

New Market: Maine’s tourism industry a potential boon for rec MJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Buoyed by the state's reputation as an East Coast tourist mecca with a dramatic coastline, the recreational marijuana market in Maine should generate plenty of opportunities for cannabis businesses - provided delays don't hamper the industry's rollout.

New career, MMJ-rec tensions and cannabis under Trump: Q&A with pioneer Becky DeKeuster

Omar Sacirbey  | January 11, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Becky DeKeuster went from being a Catholic high school teacher to a cannabis pioneer who co-founded the Wellness Connection of Maine.

DeKeuster helped Wellness Connection earn a reputation for caring service and left her mark nationally on an industry trying to find its footing. She's now switching gears again.

Maine dispensaries want early crack at adult-use cannabis sales

Roger Fillion  | January 5, 2017

Maine’s largest medical marijuana operator wants the state’s eight dispensaries to have an early opportunity to sell recreational cannabis.

The Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four dispensaries, is supporting legislation that would allow the state’s MMJ operators to begin peddling adult-use cannabis while regulations are drawn up for the new rec market, the Bangor …