Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


COVID-19 might delay Maine’s adult-use cannabis launch beyond June

The long-awaited launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana market could be delayed further because of the coronavirus, according to a memo from state regulators. Earlier this month, a state agency projected that the first adult-use marijuana shops would open in June, three months later than the initial forecast. But now that timetable may be overly optimistic. “Several communities […]

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Maine’s adult-use cannabis residency rule unconstitutional, suit claims

Maine’s residency requirement for recreational marijuana business ownership violates the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the state. Wellness Connection, based in Auburn, Maine, alleges in the suit against the state’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services that a residency requirement discriminates against both large and small companies that want to sell […]

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Maine issues conditional licenses to 31 adult-use cannabis companies

As Maine prepares for recreational marijuana sales to begin in a few months, regulators have issued 31 conditional adult-use cannabis licenses – 16 of them to retailers. In addition to the stores, the Office of Marijuana Policy said it is mailing the licenses to: Ten marijuana cultivation facilities. Four manufacturing facilities. A nursery. The agency’s director, […]

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MJBizDaily podcast: Coronavirus hits cannabis industry and more

Coronavirus dominated global headlines, including for the cannabis industry. Some of the other top headlines addressed in this week’s MJBizDaily podcast include: Washington state ups its social equity stake. Earnings madness marches on. Maine marijuana unit looks to tackle illicit MJ market. And more.

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Maine marijuana unit would target illegal market

A proposed new division of the Maine Drug Enforcement agency would focus on shutting down the illicit marijuana market that competes with state-licensed MJ growers, processors and retailers. The four-person unit would be funded each year with $649,000 in revenue from marijuana taxes and licensing fees, according to the Portland Press Herald. The unit would […]

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Maine issues guidance on marijuana advertising

In an effort to keep Maine’s cannabis businesses compliant with state laws, regulators issued a reminder guidance regarding how to advertise. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy released the guidance after an investigation into cannabis-related advertisements at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reported. Parents of children who played sports or […]

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Maine looks to protect marijuana firms’ intellectual property

In a move to protect marijuana business owners’ trade secrets and other proprietary information from competitors, Maine lawmakers plan to consider a proposal from state regulators to exempt that type of information from being available to the public. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy is recommending that such industry information be kept out of public records. […]

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Maine adult-use cannabis business applications double

Almost 170 prospective recreational cannabis operators have applied for business licenses in Maine, where adult-use marijuana sales are expected to begin this spring. That is more than twice the number of applications Maine had received by the middle of December. The breakdown of the license applications is: 81 for retail stores. 64 for cultivation facilities. […]

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Maine enlists Metrc as state’s marijuana traceability provider

Maine regulators on Thursday entered a six-year contract for Florida-based Metrc to provide the state with a marijuana seed-to-sale tracking system. Metrc replaces BioTrackTHC, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Helix, after BioTrackTHC agreed to end its contract with the state because it couldn’t meet the necessary requirements. Metrc’s cloud-based software service will be used for Maine’s existing […]

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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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