Augusta, ME: State officials have granted conditional approval to over 30 applicants seeking licensure to operate commercial, adult-use cannabis businesses.
Under the state’s licensing regulations, facilities must be dually approved by both state and municipal officials before becoming operational.
Sixteen of the conditional licenses are for retail dispensing operations. Another ten licenses are for grow facilities.
Maine voters initially approved the legalization of cannabis sales in November 2016 by passing a statewide initiative, but lawmakers – led by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage – repeatedly took steps to delay the law’s implementation. Rules governing adult-use cannabis production and sales were not ultimately finalized until 2019. Regulators now anticipate retail marijuana sales to begin either late this spring or early this summer.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator.