Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Maine Medical Cannabis Sales Total $16.2M

Dispensaries in Maine sold an estimated $16.2 million worth of medical cannabis last year, while the state collected around $900,000 in taxes on those transactions, according to the latest figures. The tax haul was about 40% more than 2013, according to the Portland Press Herald, meaning sales rose by a similar amount. The state’s sizable […]

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Maine rec legalization measure focuses on small business

An organization pushing recreational marijuana legalization in Maine has a new focus: help out small businesses. Legalize Maine filed initiative language with the secretary of state, and is touting its effort as the first “homegrown initiative,” according to the Portland Press Herald. Much of the ballot measure language is standard – those 21 and older could […]

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Union: New Jersey Dispensary Engaging in Unfair Labor Practices

A New Jersey union has filed a grievance alleging unfair labor practices against a dispensary in the state, saying the business won’t allow its workers to unionize. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 152 claims that Compassionate Care Foundation, which owns a dispensary in Egg Harbor Township that employs 11 workers who […]

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MMJ Lounges Popping Up in Maine

A new trend in Maine offers yet another possible offshoot business opportunity in the cannabis industry: renting space to medical marijuana patients who want a convenient and secure location to smoke, vape or ingest. Case in point: A handful of medical marijuana patients in Bangor have banded together to rent a smoking area above a […]

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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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