Maine’s timeline for launching sales of adult-use marijuana is uncertain now that the state has withdrawn from a contract with Botec Analysis, a Los Angeles consulting firm hired to help craft the program’s rules.

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The renewed uncertainty poses yet more logistical and financial hurdles for marijuana entrepreneurs wanting to capitalize on legalization in the state.

Maine officials were hopeful the rules would be ready by April 30.

However, officials said Friday the state has withdrawn from the contract, which will go out to bid again. That leaves the long-delayed program in limbo.

The withdrawal from the contract comes after another bidder appealed the award.

Maine voters approved legal recreational marijuana in 2016, but implementing rules governing the program has been slow going.

– Associated Press