Maine draft rules would limit adult-use marijuana business licenses to state residents

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Maine’s proposed rules around the sale of recreational cannabis would for the first two years limit licenses to state residents.

After the release of the state’s long-awaited draft rules on Monday, regulators asked for comment from the public, which is an opportunity for cannabis business owners to offer feedback.

Maine residents voted in favor of legalizing marijuana in 2016, but crafting the rules has resulted in a long and sometimes contentious process.

The draft states Maine will give licenses to grow and sell marijuana only to people who have lived in the Pine Tree State and filed income tax returns there for four years. That standard would apply until June 2021.

The draft rules face state approvals.

Maine already has a long-established medical marijuana program. It’s also currently legal to grow marijuana for personal recreational use.

State regulators recently hired a second consulting firm to aid in the rulemaking process.

– Associated Press