Maine seeks new consultant to draft adult-use marijuana program’s rules

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Maine released a request for proposals this week that said it’s again looking for a consultant to help put a regulatory structure in place for the state’s long-delayed, adult-use cannabis marketplace.

Last week, Maine upended the state’s timeline for legal marijuana sales when it withdrew from a contract with Botec  Analysis, a Los Angeles consulting firm hired to help develop the program’s rules.

The state’s decision to terminate that contract means legal marijuana won’t be in Maine stores by summer, which creates another delay for cannabis entrepreneurs aiming to capitalize on recreational legalization there.

In related news, Maine’s acting finance chief announced Monday that Erik Gundersen, a former policy advisor has been hired to create an office to lead the roll-out of Maine’s legalized marijuana sales.

– Associated Press