Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Week in Review: Maine rec cannabis launch delayed, Maryland MMJ grow licensees & DOJ vs. DEA

John Schroyer  | August 18, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

The launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana industry is delayed, a deadline passes for Maryland’s licensed medical cannabis growers, and the Department of Justice nixes a DEA decision on MJ research.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Maine will miss deadline to launch recreational cannabis market

Kevin Huhn  | August 16, 2017

Maine officials say the state won’t be able to meet its February deadline to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Republican State Sen. Roger Katz said the agencies responsible for the recreational market rollout don’t have sufficient time before the deadline to perform such tasks as licensing growers, writing departmental rules and hiring new inspectors, the Portland Press Herald …

Maine cannabis edibles sales soared 66% in 2016

Omar Sacirbey  | July 25, 2017

Medical marijuana patients in Maine spent $2 million on edibles products in dispensaries in 2016, making it the fastest-growing segment of the state’s MMJ industry.

The tally represents about 7.4% of the overall $26.8 million spent at Maine’s eight dispensaries last year, according to the Portland Press Herald.

By contrast, Mainers spent $1.2 …

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.