Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine will miss deadline to launch recreational cannabis market

Maine officials say the state won’t be able to meet its February deadline to allow recreational marijuana sales. Republican State Sen. Roger Katz said the agencies responsible for the recreational market rollout don’t have sufficient time before the deadline to perform such tasks as licensing growers, writing departmental rules and hiring new inspectors, the Portland Press Herald […]

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Maine cannabis edibles sales soared 66% in 2016

Medical marijuana patients in Maine spent $2 million on edibles products in dispensaries in 2016, making it the fastest-growing segment of the state’s MMJ industry. The tally represents about 7.4% of the overall $26.8 million spent at Maine’s eight dispensaries last year, according to the Portland Press Herald. By contrast, Mainers spent $1.2 million on edibles […]

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Maine medical marijuana sales slow markedly in 2016

Medical marijuana sales in Maine continued to rise last year, but the pace of gains slowed considerably from previous years for what could be a variety of reasons – including a jump in the number of caregivers who grow marijuana for patients. Figures from the state’s revenue department show that Mainers spent $24.8 million on nonedible marijuana […]

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Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

By Eli McVey Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush. The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

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Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

By Bart Schaneman From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues. Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

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Recreational marijuana states undeterred by hints of federal crackdown

By John Schroyer Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with running their existing programs or preparing to launch new ones. Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

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Maine’s jump in MMJ caregivers shows interest in rec industry

The number of registered caregivers licensed to grow medical marijuana for patients in Maine increased by 42% in 2016, a sign to some that people are hoping to gain experience in the MMJ industry to gain “a leg up” once permits become available for the state’s new adult-use program. The jump also is a sign that […]

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Maine governor backtracks, signs bill delaying rec cannabis program

Maine Gov. Paul LePage reversed his initial opposition and signed a bill delaying the rollout of the state’s adult-use cannabis program by a few months. By signing the bill Friday, LePage backtracked on an earlier vow that he wouldn’t sign the measure until state legislators provided money to his administration to start drafting regulations governing the program. Under […]

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Maine lawmakers approve three-month rec sales delay

Maine’s legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a three-month delay in the start of recreational marijuana sales. The bill may still be vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, however, because some key provisions he had supported were not included in the bill, the Portland Press-Herald reported. If the bill does become law, it means the earliest […]

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