Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine Dispensary Moving Into Former Train Station

Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest medical marijuana provider, is moving one of its dispensaries into a historic, 103-year-old train station in the small town of Gardiner. Chalk it up to growth and a desire to ramp up production of edibles. The Wellness Connection dispensary in the town of Hallowell has outgrown its current […]

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Two rec legalization measures possible on Maine ballot for 2016

Legalize Maine, an advocacy organization for legalized recreational cannabis in the northeastern state, announced a plan to have its own referendum on the 2016 ballot, joining the Marijuana Policy Project in seeking to put the issue to a vote. The group said its goal is not to step on MPP’s toes, but feels if there […]

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Guest Column: Vertical Integration Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks

By Becky DeKeuster Vertical integration is terrible for our industry. It leads to enormous burdens during the startup phase, creates mistrust between small farmers and the retail outlets that cannot accept their product, and limits client selection and strain diversity. This was going to be the focus of my column, based on our experiences in […]

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‘Reasonable Cause’ in Maine Marijuana Labor Case

It appears there could be some truth to allegations that the largest marijuana provider in Maine violated labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found “reasonable cause” that Wellness Connection of Maine retaliated against employees who voiced concerns about pesticide use and tried to prevent workers from forming a union. Wellness Connection operates […]

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Maine Cannabis Industry Assails Proposed Kief Ban

Caregivers, dispensaries and medical marijuana patients in Maine are pressuring the state government not to proceed with a proposed ban on kief. Lawmakers have proposed a bill intended to “clarify” regulations in the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 2009, which legalized the plant for medical purposes. The bill would outlaw the possession and sale of […]

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Maine MMJ Job Fair Sets Shining Example

A medical marijuana trade group in Maine has reached out to a town where unemployment is on the rise, serving as an example of how the industry can attract new workers, win over locals and benefit the economy. The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held a job fair and business conference on Monday night in […]

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Maine Lawmaker Calls for Statewide Legalization

A move by Portland, Maine, to decriminalize marijuana possession this month could usher in full cannabis legalization – and business opportunities – across the state. State Rep. Diane Russell on Tuesday proposed a plan to legalize marijuana possession throughout Maine. Russell said in a news conference that Portland’s recent vote to decriminalize possession of small […]

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Big Business: Maine Marijuana Caregivers Rake in $15M-$25M, Market to Expand

On paper, Maine’s medical marijuana industry seems relatively small, with just eight dispensaries serving patients across the state. But dig deeper and you’ll find a thriving business community that could serve as a model for other states with similar demographics. Maine is home to roughly 600 caregivers who collectively net an estimated $15 million to […]

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MMJ State Update: Maine Marijuana Climate Heating Up With New Proposals, Lawsuit

Note: Periodically, MMJ Business Daily will explore the marijuana business climate in smaller medical cannabis states that typically fly under the radar from a national perspective. In this post we’ll focus on Maine. Most medical marijuana states with dispensaries have experienced a fair share of volatility over the past few years, with raids, civil forfeiture […]

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