Maine Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Maine panel signs off on rewrite of recreational cannabis law

Maine’s recreational marijuana law underwent a rewrite by a legislative committee this week that could spell major changes for the program, including an increased tax rate and a two-year residency requirement to own a rec shop. But Maine Gov. Paul LePage hasn’t expressed much enthusiasm about adult-use marijuana, and committee members are concerned he’ll veto or […]

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Maine’s smoking rules may hamper cannabis consumption clubs

Maine is poised to become one of the first states to allow public consumption in social clubs, but a key restriction could handicap potential marijuana clubs: no smoking. According to the Portland Press Herald, a bill to establish regulations covering Maine’s recreational marijuana industry doesn’t provide an exemption to a state law banning smoking in general […]

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Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Recreational marijuana business options plentiful in Maine draft bill

A recreational marijuana draft bill crafted by Maine lawmakers would permit the state’s eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to apply for a license to sell adult-use cannabis, but they couldn’t sell medical and recreational products at the same counter. Rather, Maine would require retailers that sell both medical and adult-use cannabis to have separate entrances for medical […]

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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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