Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


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 the start of retail sales of recreational marijuana. […]

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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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Dozens seek Maine recreational marijuana business licenses

Maine has received 76 applications for business licenses to sell adult-use marijuana since the state began taking applications on Dec. 5. Thirty-eight of the license applications are for retail stores, 27 for cultivation facilities and 11 for manufacturing facilities, according to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. – Associated Press

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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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