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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Maine?

Under the new regulations, enacted as of November 8, 2016, Maine will be open for recreational marijuana businesses.

The regulations of this measure have provisions for:

    • Retail marijuana stores
    • Retail marijuana cultivation facility
    • Retail marijuana product manufacturing facility
    • Retail marijuana testing facilities
    • Retail marijuana social club

    As of right now, the state has yet to establish an application process. They are mandated to start accepting applications after ten (10) months. Also, under the new law, first priority for licensure are given to registered caregivers and experienced principal officers or board members of a medical marijuana dispensary who have been registered with the state pursuant to the Maine Medical Marijuana Use Act.

    What can I do right now?

    To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

    To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

    • Read through the regulations and determine what business type you'd like to have.
    • Get our free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses.
    • You'll need a business plan for licensing and even more so if you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners. See our Marijuana Company Business Plans page for details - choose "Pre-Legalization" under the "State" drop down menu to get a business plan that provides the most flexibility with the current unknown regulations.
    • If you're serious and want to determine what moves you can be making right now to get a leg up on the competition for licenses - get one of our marijuana business consultation packages and let our expert Associates review your situation and instruct on the intelligent moves you could be making now to increase your chances of winning licenses.

    How To Open a Marijuana Retail Store in Maine

    The state allows potential business owners to open a marijuana retail stores in Maine. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license marijuana retailers for operation or not.

    1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
    2. Create your Marijuana Retail Business Plan
    3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
    4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
    5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
    6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

    How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Maine

    Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries, delivery services, and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them. 

      How To Start a Marijuana Delivery Service in Maine

      Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused product manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

        How To Start a Marijuana Edibles, Marijuana Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions Business In Maine

        Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and delivery services to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.


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