Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine lawmaker calls for cannabis banking, insurance reform

Maine legislator John Andrews plans to introduce a resolution in the state Legislature calling for the U.S. Congress to make banking and insurance services accessible to legalized marijuana businesses. Many licensed cannabis businesses operate on a cash basis and have no insurance because of federal regulations, said Andrews, a Republican. A lack of access to banking […]

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Maine could get new cannabis traceability system

Florida-based Metrc is in talks to provide seed-to-sale tracking for medical and recreational cannabis in Maine. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy is negotiating with Metrc after BioTrackTHC agreed to end its contract because it couldn’t meet the necessary requirements, according to Mainebiz. BioTrackTHC, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Helix, was awarded the Maine contract in May.

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Maine needs more recreational cannabis testing labs

The rollout of adult-use cannabis sales in Maine is being threatened by a lack of testing facilities. So far, only one lab has applied to be certified as a testing facility. Maine officials are hopeful they’ll receive more applications but acknowledge the shortage of labs could slow retail sales of recreational marijuana. – Associated Press

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First lab applies for Maine recreational cannabis testing license

Nelson Analytics became the first lab in Maine to apply for a certification to test adult-use marijuana in the state. Testing for pesticides, heavy metals and residual solvents likely won’t begin until Maine’s recreational marijuana market has been up and running for a year, according to state officials. Three more labs are expected to apply […]

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Marijuana lawsuit

Tennessee man filed a federal lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against Trulieve, Florida’s largest medical marijuana operator, for allegedly sending illegal text messages to his cellphone.

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Medical cannabis licensing

Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical cannabis program to include chronic pain, a move that is expected to substantially boost sales since the condition is typically the leading driver for MMJ recommendations.

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Alabama medical cannabis

With a bill to legalize medical cannabis expected to be introduced in the Alabama Legislature in 2020, Republican state Sen. Tim Melson has asked a MMJ commission to study a draft of the proposal and make any recommended changes.

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South Dakota marijuana update

Groups that support marijuana legalization submitted petitions containing more than 80,000 signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State for two separate marijuana reform ballot initiatives for next year’s election.

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Maine requiring cannabis label for recreational products

Maine regulators adopted a symbol that will be required on marijuana products sold for recreational use, starting next year. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy partnered with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil a shared universal symbol for cannabis and marijuana products. The symbol, already in use in Massachusetts, features a red triangle with […]

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Week in Review: Cannabis merger goes up in smoke, regulators target MJ vaping, Maine inches toward adult-use sales & more

MedMen and PharmaCann scrap their planned merger, state and federal officials act against marijuana vaping, Maine moves toward the launch of recreational MJ sales by the spring – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news.   MedMen, PharmaCann pull the plug MedMen, a California-based cannabis multistate operator, announced that its planned acquisition of […]

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Maine on track to launch recreational cannabis sales by spring 2020

Maine state officials said they are poised to begin accepting adult-use marijuana license applications before the end of the year and expect customers will have the ability to purchase products in retail stores by March. There are no statewide license caps, but municipalities can limit or ban recreational marijuana in their jurisdictions – and most […]

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