Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine medical cannabis industry set to expand if governor doesn’t veto

Legislation that would expand Maine’s medical cannabis industry from eight dispensaries to 14 over the next three years and possibly boost sales significantly is headed to Gov. Paul LePage after lawmaker approval this week. It’s unclear, though, what LePage will do. The governor, a vociferous opponent of legalized marijuana, has 10 days to decide whether to […]

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Maine proposal would give local governments more say over marijuana businesses

A proposed amendment to a sweeping medical marijuana regulatory overhaul in Maine would give local governments much more power over the cannabis industry and may result in widespread closures of caregiver shops that have sprouted up across the state. According to the Portland Press Herald, “dozens” of such caregiver storefronts have opened in municipalities around […]

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Chart: Timeline for launch, projected sales in seven new marijuana markets

More than 60% of the U.S. population now lives in states that have legalized some form of marijuana use and sales, illustrating both the rising acceptance of cannabis nationwide and the industry’s immense potential for future growth. Several medical marijuana and recreational programs have yet to get off the ground, however. Here’s an update on […]

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Week in Review: SBA says no to cannabis, Maine advances rec MJ & Scotts Miracle-Gro shrinks

The U.S. Small Business Administration bars banks from issuing SBA-backed loans to marijuana- and hemp-related companies, Maine lawmakers override a veto of key adult-use legislation, and Scotts Miracle-Gro consolidates its cannabis operations. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. SBA shuts off the spigot Small businesses […]

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Maine governor vetoes recreational cannabis implementation bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed legislation to implement a voter-approved recreational marijuana industry in the state. It’s the second time the Republican governor has vetoed an implementation bill since voters approved adult-use marijuana in 2016. “It’s disappointing, but he made it clear to the Legislature that if he didn’t get 100% of what […]

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Maine governor pledges veto of new rec cannabis implementation bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage indicated that he’ll again veto legislation to implement the 2016 voter-approved recreational marijuana industry in his state. According to the Portland Press-Herald, LePage said he’ll strike down the bill – passed by the full Maine Legislature last week – because the measure fails to combine the state’s existing medical marijuana program […]

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Week in Review: Maine’s rec cannabis progress, John Boehner’s reversal & tech giant’s MJ interest

Maine moves a step closer to rolling out recreational marijuana, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner does an about-face on MJ legalization, and Hewlett-Packard becomes the latest big corporation to enter the cannabis industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. All but done, finally Nearly […]

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Maine lawmakers sign off on recreational cannabis bill

The Maine state House and Senate have approved legislation to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in the state, likely by 2019 or 2020. According to the Portland Press-Herald, lawmakers apparently have enough support to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who torpedoed an earlier rec implementation bill last year. Legislation had been held […]

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Chart: Medical marijuana patient counts, sales tumble in Maine

With adult-use sales still at least a year out in Maine, the gray market for cannabis is burgeoning – largely at the expense of the state’s regulated medical marijuana industry. Sales of MMJ through Maine’s eight licensed dispensaries fell by over $2 million in 2017 – a 9% decline – on the back of an […]

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Maine’s largest hemp grower eyes blueberry plant for processing site

The largest hemp cultivator in Maine has identified a former blueberry processing plant as its future extraction site. Future Farm Maine – a subsidiary of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Future Farm Technologies – has signed a two-year lease for 12,960 square feet of the 60,000-square-foot building in Belfast, a coastal town about 100 miles north of […]

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