Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine appoints head of adult-use marijuana program

Maine hired Scott Lever, the state’s deputy commissioner of Health Services, to oversee its recreational cannabis program. In his previous position, Lever was in charge of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which once oversaw the state medical marijuana program. In 2017, he testified against a recreational marijuana bill before the legislative committee […]

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ME nixes contract with Metrc, opens bids for marijuana seed-to-sale software

Maine is withdrawing its $150,000 contract with Florida-based Franwell – the maker of cannabis seed-to-sale tracking software Metrc – because the state is concerned the deal could draw a challenge that results in a delay of recreational marijuana sales. The state’s new Office of Marijuana Policy said it now will seek competitive bids for tracking services by […]

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Seed-to-sale problem halts recreational sales at Boston-area marijuana store

A Boston-area marijuana store had to temporarily stop selling adult-use cannabis flower because of an issue with Massachusetts’ seed-to-sale traceability system, Metrc. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) in Salem halted recreational cannabis sales because the store’s inventory data had become corrupted in Metrc, The Boston Globe reported. It’s unclear when ATG will resume recreational sales. The company announced […]

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Maine chooses Metrc for cannabis seed-to-sale tracking

Maine officials said the state signed a three-year, $150,000 contract with Florida-based Franwell to use its Metrc system to track the growth and distribution of marijuana products. The service will be used initially in Maine’s existing medical cannabis program, regulators said, and eventually in the state’s recreational program, which is in development. Officials from the […]

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Medical cannabis sales in Maine drop for second year in a row

Medical marijuana sales declined in Maine for the second straight year, a decrease that some dispensary owners blame on unfair competition both from the black market and patients growing their own product. According to the Portland Press Herald, tax data shows the state’s eight licensed dispensaries brought in $23.5 million in sales in 2018, down […]

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Maine seeks new consultant to draft adult-use marijuana program’s rules

Maine released a request for proposals this week that said it’s again looking for a consultant to help put a regulatory structure in place for the state’s long-delayed, adult-use cannabis marketplace. Last week, Maine upended the state’s timeline for legal marijuana sales when it withdrew from a contract with BOTEC, a Los Angeles consulting firm […]

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Maine’s recreational cannabis timeline in flux after consulting firm let go

Maine’s timeline for launching sales of adult-use marijuana is uncertain now that the state has withdrawn from a contract with BOTEC, a Los Angeles consulting firm hired to help craft the program’s rules. The renewed uncertainty poses yet more logistical and financial hurdles for marijuana entrepreneurs wanting to capitalize on legalization in the state. Maine […]

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New law in Maine expands medical cannabis businesses’ options

Maine cannabis companies hope a new law that allows medical marijuana firms to sell MMJ to one another will help the state’s industry by opening new opportunities to do business. Here are the basics: The law, which went into effect last week, allows businesses to sell up to 30% of their harvest or inventory, the Portland Press […]

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Maine’s first medical marijuana convenience store opens for business

What is believed to be Maine’s first medical cannabis convenience store is scheduled to open in Portland this week. Atlantic Farms Gas N’ Grass says it will sell cannabis-infused gummies, tinctures and smokable marijuana on Thursday, the first day Maine’s new sweeping medical marijuana law takes effect. Gas N’ Grass isn’t the first or only […]

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Maine extends deadline for marijuana rulemaking consultants to apply

Consultants seeking to guide Maine state agencies as they craft adult-use cannabis regulations and review the medical marijuana program now have until Nov. 8 to turn in their applications. The previous deadline was Nov. 1 Mainers in 2016 voted to allow adult-use possession and retail sales of marijuana. But sales won’t become legal until agencies […]

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Maine seeks cannabis consultant to advise on recreational, medical rules

Maine put out feelers this week for a marijuana consultant to write regulations to launch the state’s recreational marijuana market and implement a new law governing medical cannabis. The state Department of Administrative and Financial Services issued a request for proposals for a cannabis consultant to draft regulations to license and regulate rec MJ businesses, the […]

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Canadian company cancels $8.3 million deal to buy Maine marijuana grow operation

Canada-based C21 Investments has nixed a deal to spend up to $8.3 million for a cultivation operation in Maine that subsequently was linked to an alleged black-market grow. The Bangor Daily News reported Tuesday the cancellation of the deal, which C21 had disclosed June 28 in a news release. C21, which has made a flurry […]

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